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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

  • Battle of Lone Pine
    The commemorative service planned for 6 August, to mark the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, at Gallipoli will not proceed. Turkish authorities have asked the Australian Government to reconsider holding the service and, following consultation between our governments, the service will not be held. Visitors can pay their respects at Lone Pine Cemetery at Gallipoli on 6 August and the Australian Ambassador to Turkey, James Larsen, will lay a wreath at the Lone Pine Memorial to honour the battle.

  • 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans Day which commemorates Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War
    We honour and commemorate all those who served in the Vietnam War, including the 521 Australians who died and more than 3,000 people who were wounded, injured or became ill as a result of the conflict. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Attend the National Service at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra on 18 August or one of the many other events associated with this occasion from 16-21 August.
  • Fall of Singapore
    The 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore will be commemorated with a National Service to be held in Ballarat, Victoria at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial on 15 February 2017.
  • 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.
  • Merchant Navy Day
    The Governor-General issued a Proclamation on 24 June 2008 to declare 3 September each year as Merchant Navy Day in recognition of the merchant seamen who served Australia in wartime.
  • Anzac Day Schools' Awards
  • This month in history – Australian War Memorial website

Organising a Commemorative Ceremony

Anniversaries

75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs would like to invite nominations from Australian Second World War veterans of the Fall of Singapore, i.e. Australian veterans who served in the Malayan Campaign between 8 December 1941 and the Fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, or in adjacent waters at approximately the same time, to attend a commemoration in Ballarat, Victoria on 15 February 2017.

Nominations close Friday, 26 August 2016

Nominations forms for veterans:

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.

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.

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, which coincides with this year’s annual Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, will be specifically commemorated at the National Service held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra on 18 August 2016. Veterans and their families, service personnel and members of the public are welcome to attend the commemorative services, organised by the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Find out more about the anniversary, the National Service and commemorations at Long Tan Cross in Vietnam (PDF) (DOC).

Financial support for veterans of the Battle of Long Tan travelling to Vietnam

Media

Anzac Day Media Materials

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