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Anniversaries and commemorative events

This section provides information on some of the 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. You can also find out about upcoming anniversaries at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) website.

Security arrangements for overseas commemorations

  • Following recent terror attacks in  Europe, Australians travelling to these destinations for commemorations in 2016 should monitor the relevant country travel advisories on the smartraveller website
  • The Australian Government is working closely with Turkish, New Zealand, and French Governments to ensure the safety of Australians attending events at overseas commemorative sites. 
  • The smartraveller website also contains advice on travel insurance, health, local travel and local laws and visa requirements.

Commemorative Events

Anzac Day

Remembrance Day

Australian Government Supported Commemorative Events

Current Events

Organising a Commemorative Ceremony


Merchant Navy Day

The Governor-General issued a statement on 24 June 2008 declaring 3 September each year as Merchant Navy Day in recognition of the merchant seamen who served Australia in wartime.

Battle for Australia Day

The Governor-General issued a proclamation on 19 June 2008 to declare the first Wednesday in September each year as Battle for Australia Day in recognition of the service and sacrifice of all those who served in defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

Long Tan Cross, Vietnam

The Long Tan Cross, located in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, approximately 110 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. Eighteen Australian soldiers were lost during the battle on 18 August 1966, making it Australia’s single most costly engagement of the Vietnam War.


Anzac Day Media Materials

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