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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

  • Fall of Singapore
    The 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore will be commemorated with a National Service on 15 February 2017 at 11am  at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat, Victoria.
  • 75th anniversary of Bomber Command Operations
    4 June, 2017
    Bomber Command Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
  • 75th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay
    25 August 2017
    Last Post Ceremony, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
  • 70th anniversary of Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers
    14 September 2017
    Commemorative Service held at the proposed Australian Peacekeeping Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, ACT
  • 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein and  the culmination of the North Africa campaigns
    23 October 2017
    Last Post Ceremony, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
  • 75th anniversary of the Kokoda and the Beachheads
    2 November 2017
    Last Post Ceremony, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
  • 25th anniversary of arrival of 1RAR task group in Somalia
    10 January 2018
    Location to be confirmed
  • 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic
    1 May 2018
    Commemorative Service held at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, ACT
  • 50th anniversary of the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral
    13 May 2018
    Commemorative Service held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, ACT
  • 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
    27 July 2018
    Commemorative Service held at the Australian National Korean War Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, ACT
  • 75th anniversary of Australian work on Hell Fire Pass and completion of the Thai Burma Railway
    16 October  2018
    Commemorative Service held at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat, Victoria
  • 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice
    11 November 2018
    Various locations
  • This month in history – Australian War Memorial website

Further information will be available on this website as planning progresses. For further enquiries, please contact anzaccentenaryprojects2@dva.gov.au.

Organising a Commemorative Ceremony

Anniversaries

75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

The national service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and the service and sacrifice of all Australian prisoners of war will take place on Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 11.00am at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria.

The event will be one of the key events of DVA’s Century of Service commemoration program in 2017.

The service will also commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian prisoners of war. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

DVA will be organising the event in association with the Trustees of the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial.

A service to dedicate a new memorial to the families of service men and women who have been killed in action, the Garden of the Grieving Mother, will take place earlier in the morning. The service will commence at 9.30am at the Arch of Victory in Sturt Street, Ballarat and will be hosted by the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee.

Media

Anzac Day Media Materials

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