An estimated 55 000 visitors gathered this morning at the Australian War Memorial for the 2016 Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he was proud of the commitment and dedication of everyday Australians to the annual commemoration of Anzac Day.
“The attendance at this year’s Dawn Service shows the enduring connection so many people have to Anzac Day and what it represents for our servicemen and servicewomen – and indeed for all Australians,” he said.
The Australian War Memorial today welcomed a CH-47D Chinook helicopter into the National Collection.
Chinook A15-202 was one of the first Australian aircraft deployed to the war in Afghanistan. It operated over four separate rotations, a total of 513 days, carrying Australian and coalition forces into combat environments and undertaking artillery emplacement and battlefield re-supply.
A joint commemorative project between the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been revitalised as part of the Centenary of the First World War.
A series of seven works created by Australian artist David Jolly portraying the Anzac Day centenary Dawn Service on Gallipoli were unveiled today at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson expressed his pride that Memorial visitors would now be able to view the commissioned works.
“The paintings from the Gallipoli Centenary Art Commission capture the pride and commitment of the many thousands of everyday Australians and New Zealanders who made the pilgrimage to the centenary Dawn Service on Gallipoli.
Work has commenced on an independent history that will document and analyse the medical legacies of the Vietnam War.
The volume, commissioned by the Council of the Australian War Memorial, will be written by Dr Peter Yule, a research fellow at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Yule said the new volume would examine the complete range of medical issues experienced by Australian veterans, with particular focus on post-traumatic stress disorder and the health effects of exposure to herbicides.