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Anzac Day Service in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia 2014
An official Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held at the Sandakan Memorial Park on Friday, 25 April 2014, commencing at 5.30 am. The Sandakan Memorial Park is located on the site of the Sandakan POW Camp.
The official Anzac Day Dawn Service in Sandakan is conducted by the Australian Government on behalf the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur and is made possible with the assistance of the local communities of Sandakan.
The commemorative service is open to the public.
The details for the official service.
||Anzac Day Dawn Service |
||Friday, 25 April 2014 |
||4.30 am: Site opens|
5.15 am: Latest public are asked to be seated by
5.30 am: Dawn Service commences
7.00 am: Gunfire Breakfast
||Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah, Malaysia |
Going to Malaysia for Anzac Day 2014?
Registration for the 2014 Sandakan Anzac Day Dawn Service is now available. All persons attending the Anzac Day Service are encouraged to register their attendance with Jenna Lobb by completing the registration form and submitting this via email to Jenna Lobb or by phone on (02) 6289 6009.
Defacing of memorial: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery France - 20 August 2013
The Stone of Remembrance at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in France was defaced by the spray painting of Nazi emblems on Saturday 17 August 2013, by persons unknown. The Australian National Memorial in France which abuts the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery was not damaged in this incident.
The desecration was reported to the Office of Australian War Graves that day by Australian visitors to the site. The Stone of Remembrance was promptly restored to its original condition by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the afternoon of Sunday 18 August 2013.
This incident is the second in the region, a similar incident occurred at the British cemetery at Picquigney (west of Amiens) on 31 July. There is nothing to indicate that Australia was the target of these acts. The French authorities are investigating these incidents.
Damage to the Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park, London
The Australian War Memorial in London was vandalised by persons unknown on the weekend of 19-20 May 2013. This matter has been reported to the London Police.
This vandalism resulted in the removal of the Rising Sun (the service emblem of the Australian Army) and several bronze letters from the memorial.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs is working to restore the memorial to its original condition as soon as practically possible.
Please direct any enquiries to email@example.com.
Restoration of the Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya
In March 2012 the Benghazi War Cemetery in Libya was badly damaged in an attack which attracted wide media attention at the time. In May 2013 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission completed the replacement of 241 damaged headstones, 52 of which commemorated Australians. The Commission has also erected signage, in both Arabic and English, that the men commemorated in the cemetery, some of them Muslim soldiers, died liberating the people of Libya in the Second World War. The costs of the restoration were met by the Libyan Government.
In any year, the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) may undertake a range of projects, from refurbishing and upgrading existing graves, memorials and cemetery features, to developing new official national memorials at overseas sites significant to Australia's military history.
OAWG continually assesses cemeteries and Gardens of Remembrance to ensure that the standards achieved in the better known Commonwealth War Graves Commission war cemeteries in France and Belgium are reflected in the work undertaken by OAWG in Australia and PNG.
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