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Commemorations, memorials and war graves

One of DVA’s key roles is acknowledging and commemorating the service and sacrifice of all those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations through commemorations, memorials, war graves and research.

DVA commemorates our war dead through war memorials and cemeteries in Australia and overseas; and gardens of remembrance. DVA maintains these important commemorative sites in every state in Australia and through partnerships overseas.

The Office of Australian War Graves maintains war cemeteries and individual war graves in Australia and the region; commemorates eligible veterans who died post-war and whose deaths were caused by their war service; and builds and maintains national memorials overseas.

DVA recognises the sacrifice of service men and women through major commemorative events, such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and anniversaries, such as Merchant Navy Day, Battle for Australia Day and the Battle of Long Tan. DVA also provides information and support for researchers, teachers and students wanting to know more about Australia's military history.

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