The Somme 1916: Australia’s costliest theatre of war

Friday 1 July 2016

Content and talent for the Western Front centenary

Today, marks 100 years since the battle of the Somme was launched on the Western Front and to commemorate this anniversary the Australian War Memorial will hold a Last Post Ceremony this evening.

To assist media with their First World War centenary coverage the Memorial’s media team has updated the online media centre, making it easier for to access content direct from the Memorial.

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“Song of a generation” guitar comes to Canberra

Tuesday 28 June 2016

The guitar John Schumann used to create his Vietnam War–era song “I was Only 19” is now on loan to the Australian War Memorial, and will be displayed on Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan.

Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson today accepted the loan of the guitar used to write Schumann’s iconic anthem for veterans of the Vietnam War.

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Private William Jackson VC medals now on display

Friday 24 June 2016

In a private ceremony held today at the Australian War Memorial the medal group of Australia’s youngest Victoria Cross (VC) recipient was put on display for the first time. The loan of Private William Jackson’s VC is part of the Memorial’s commemoration of Australia’s involvement in the fighting on the Western Front in 1916.

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New plaques to recognise the sacrifice of life and health

Thursday 23 June 2016

Australian War Memorial deepens its acknowledgement of the enduring impact of war and military operations on individuals and the nation

Two significant new plaques have been added to the Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Area.

The first commemorates the sacrifice of Australians who have died in training exercises, while the second recognises the trauma experienced by those who have been wounded, either physically or psychologically, during the course of their service.

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Long Tan 50th anniversary commemorations at the Australian War Memorial

Friday 3 June 2016

John Schumann to sing the anthem of a generation, “I was only 19”, to 100 Vietnam veterans in the Hall of Memory before the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier

The Australian War Memorial will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans’ Day in August with a number of moving tributes honouring the 60,000 Australian men and women who served our nation throughout the Vietnam War.

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