Current and former members of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police took part in a parade at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of policing service and support to Australian soldiers.
The parade was reviewed by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), who also delivered the Commemorative Address to the attendant crowd.
Registrations are open for media seeking to attend 2016 Anzac Day services at the Australian War Memorial.
This year marks 100 years since the arrival of Australian troops on the Western Front, where they were involved in some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War. Ultimately, more Australians would lose their lives on the Western Front than any other theatre of war.
One of the Australian War Memorial’s flagship centenary projects, the Anzac Centenary Print Portfolio, has today been presented to Parliament House.
Commissioned in 2014, the project features artistic responses by ten leading Australian and New Zealand artists to the history and legacy of the First World War, and in particular the shared experience of our two nations.
Director Dr Brendan Nelson called the portfolio one of the most ambitious art commissioning projects undertaken in the Memorial’s history.
The Victoria Cross (VC) medal group of First World War veteran Private Reginald Roy Inwood of the 10th Battalion AIF has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said Private Inwood was awarded the medal for his conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
“Private Inwood, or ‘Roy’, as he was known, like all recipients of the Victoria Cross showed remarkable bravery in the presence of the enemy,” Dr Nelson said.
Eminent historian Professor David Horner AM delivered a talk titled ‘The 1991 Gulf War: its place in Australian military history’ at the Australian War Memorial today, to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the First Gulf War.
After Australian military forces withdrew from Vietnam in 1972 it seemed that they would never again be sent overseas on warlike operations, unless the nation was under direct threat. Yet just 19 years later, the Australian government committed forces to serve across the globe in the Gulf War.