This Australia Day the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, will join a select group of Australians being appointed an Officer of the prestigious Order of Australia, recognising those who have made outstanding contributions to the benefit of their communities.
Country music star Lee Kernaghan has presented one of his three Golden Guitar awards received for his album Spirit of the Anzacs to the Australian War Memorial.
Upon accepting his award for Video Clip of the Year at last night’s Country Music Awards in Tamworth, Kernaghan handed it to the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson.
Kernaghan’s title track, “Spirit of the Anzacs”, took out Vocal Collaboration of the Year and Video Clip of the Year, with the album winning the award for Top-Selling Australian Album of the Year.
On Tuesday evening the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) announced John Walsh and Imogen Clark as the co-winners of its inaugural “Anzac song” contest at the annual National Country Music Songwriting Awards in Tamworth.
Director of the Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson wrote a personal letter congratulating Mr Walsh and co-writer Imogen Clark for their song “While Women Wait”.
At 4.55 pm today the Australian War Memorial will commemorate its 1,000th Last Post Ceremony, featuring the story of Flight Sergeant Lindsay Arthur Bayley, who was killed on active service with No. 9 Squadron, Royal Air Force, during the Second World War.
Each Last Post Ceremony commemorates the personal story of one of the more than 102,000 Australians whose names are recorded on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour in recognition of the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and servicewomen who have died in war.
Holidaymakers and visitors have descended on Canberra and the Australian War Memorial in record numbers this Christmas holiday period.
Last week the Memorial had 30,378 visitors – an increase of 17% on the previous year, which was in itself a record with the opening of the new First World War galleries to the public.
Large numbers visited the Memorial’s exhibitions and galleries, as well as attending the Last Post Ceremony and staying for the Commemorative Area late night openings throughout January.