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.
The Australian War Memorial Voluntary Guides received the 2016 Education, Science and Technology Team Award the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards on the evening of 9 May.
Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the excellent work of this dedicated group of men and women, known affectionately as the “Vol Guides”, was integral to the Memorial’s ability to ensure a world-class visitor experience.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, says he was delighted to see large crowds in attendance at today’s Anzac Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
“An estimated 11 500 people attended the National Ceremony and veterans’ march, bringing the total number of people at both Anzac Day ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial to 66 500,” said Dr Nelson.
“Anzac Day is a time for all Australians to come together to commemorate the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and servicewomen in every theatre of war and operational service.
Australians all let us rejoice – for we are young and free.
With a sense of awkward humility, abiding reverence and overwhelming pride, we pause here at the Australian War Memorial - free and confident heirs to a legacy born of idealism, forged in self-sacrifice and passed now to our generation.
We gather in renewed commitment to one another, our nation and the ideals of mankind.
Young Australians and New Zealanders gave their all at Gallipoli, forging in bloody sacrifice the bond within which our two nations now live.
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.