Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, today said he was proud to see the large crowd braving the elements at today’s Anzac Day National Ceremony.
“An estimated 7000 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 45,000,” Dr Nelson said.
“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 on operational service.
An estimated 38,000 visitors gathered this morning at the Australian War Memorial for the 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he was proud of the continuing 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,” Dr Nelson said.
The Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, today officially presented two AK-47s seized during Operation MANITOU to the Australian War Memorial.
The Australian War Memorial has purchase two headstones to ensure the dignity of two Australian war heroes is maintained.
The Memorial purchased the original grave markers for Private Benjamin Hardy and Private Ralph Jones, who were posthumously awarded the George Cross for their actions during the infamous breakout of Japanese prisoners of war at the Cowra prison camp during the Second World War.
The Memorial acquired the headstones from the Cowra War and Rail Museum via Burns and Co Auctioneers on 1 April this year.