Date: Sat 09/09/2017 10:12 am
Australia recognises 70 years of peacekeeping
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan said Australian peacekeepers would be honoured at a national service held at the new Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on 14 September to mark the 70th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping.
Mr Tehan will attend the service with current and former peacekeepers, their families and members of the public as part of Australian Peacekeeping Week from 11 to 16 September.
Mr Tehan said Australian peacekeepers had been serving since 1947.
"Australian military personnel, police and civilians have played important roles in helping those whose lives have been affected by war and conflict," Mr Tehan said.
"For 70 years Australians have contributed to operations that have kept the peace and saved lives and that service will be honoured during Australian Peacekeeping Week."
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project team, consisting of representatives from ex-service organisations, the Australian Defence Force, and state and federal police services has developed a national event program that recognises the role of Australian peacekeeping.
The event program includes:
11 – 16 September – Australian War Memorial Peacekeeping Photographic display
11 September – Australian Peacemaker and Peacekeeper Veterans Association National Conference
12 September – Australian Peacemaker and Peacekeeper Veterans Association National AGM
13 September – Australian War Memorial Peacekeeping Remembrance Service (7.30am)
14 September – Dedication of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial and Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping (10.00am)
14 September – Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project - National Peacekeeping Reception
14 September – Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony dedicated to a Peacekeeper
16 September – Police 'Wall to Wall - Ride for Remembrance'
15 – 16 September – United National Association of Australia National Conference
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