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Anzac Day Services in Papua New Guinea, 2014

Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery

DVA assists the Port Moresby RSL sub branch and the Australian High Commission in the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Friday, 25 April 2014, at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

The commemorative service is open to the public.

The details for the official service.

Event: Anzac Day Dawn Service
Date: Friday, 25 April 2014
Time: 4:30 am: Dawn Service commences
7:30 am: Gunfire Breakfast
Venue:  Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.

image of the Bomana War Cemetery with graves laid in front of a large cross statue and a large circular structure

Isurava Memorial, Papua New Guinea

DVA, in conjunction with the Australian High Commission, Port Moresby, conducts the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Friday, 25 April 2014, at Isurava Memorial.

The details for the official service.

Event: Anzac Day Dawn Service
Date: Friday, 25 April 2014
Time: 5:30 am: Dawn Service commences
Venue:  Isurava Memorial, Papua New Guinea
Isurava Memorial with two flagpoles in front of four black stone pillars

Updates to the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front

Progress has been made on the Australian Remembrance Trail. The most recent addition to the Trail is the opening of the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience on 9 November 2013, depicting the experience of soldiers and civilians in the Ploegsteert area during the First World War.  At the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, work to realign the roadway at front of site has been completed in November 2013 with work to redevelop visitor parking and landscaping to follow.  In Zonnebeke, Belgium a new Australian display at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 was opened in July 2013.  2012 saw the refurbishment of the In Flanders Fields Museum at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium.  Further information on other activities relating to the development of the Australian Remembrance Trail can be found at the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front page of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

Men and women walking down a red carpet path, towards a building with a glass shaped pyramid roof.

Plugstreet 14-18 Experience Interpretive Centre

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.
Event:    Anzac Day Dawn Service   
Date:  Friday, 25 April 2014 
Time:  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   
Venue:  Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah, Malaysia 

Two veteran soldiers saluting to a memorial statue, while soldiers stand guard in front of it

 
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.

Laying of private wreaths

For those who wish to lay a private wreath or floral tribute at the Anzac Day dawn service, there will be an opportunity to do so towards the end of the service.

If you intend laying a private floral tribute, please register with Jenna Lobb, including your name and details on whose behalf the wreath or floral tribute will be laid.

Please note that the Department of Veterans' Affairs has no capacity to receive deliveries of wreaths or floral tributes at the Sandakan Memorial Park. Please ensure that you organise your floral tribute in advance and bring it with you to the Dawn Service.

Anzac Day Service in Hellfire Pass, Kanchanaburi, Thailand 2014

The Australian Embassy, Bangkok will host the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Friday, 25 April 2014, on the grounds of the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, approximately 3 hours drive North West of Bangkok in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand.

The commemorative service is open to the public.

The details for the official service.
Event:    Anzac Day Dawn Service   
Date:  Friday, 25 April 2014 
Time: 

5:30 am: Dawn Service commences
7:30 am: Gunfire Breakfast   

Venue: Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

For further information regarding Anzac Day at Hellfire Pass and other Commemorative Services in Thailand, please visit the Australian Embassy Bangkok website:

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 wargraves@dva.gov.au.

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.

Rows of headstones with trees in the background  Headstones with plants in between Headstones

Current projects

Australian Projects

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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