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Centenary of Armistice

At 11am on 11 November 2018, Australians will pause to mark 100 years since the signing of the First World War Armistice. It will be the final significant commemorative occasion of the Centenary of Anzac period.

Community-based projects to be announced in coming months and supported by DVA’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program will ensure that Australians all over the country have the opportunity to take part in the commemoration of this significant event.

The grants program is providing between $3,000 and $50,000 to local community-based activities and projects that commemorate the end of the First World War. As Vetaffairs went to press, grant applications submitted by the closing date in March were being assessed. More information will appear in the next edition.

Centenary of the Battle of Hamel

A ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Hamel was held at the Australian Corps Memorial near the village of Le Hamel in France on 4 July 2018.

The Memorial was constructed on the ridge that was the objective of the 93-minute battle, in which Australian and American forces served together for the first time.

65th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

A National Service of Commemoration will be held on 27 July 2018 to mark the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The service will take place at the Australian National Korean War Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

The Armistice ended three years of fighting on the Korean peninsula was signed on 27 July 1953. About 17,000 Australian personnel served in Korea, including Army and RAAF nurses. Some 340 lost their lives, more than 1,200 were wounded and 30 were taken prisoner.

The service will be livestreamed via the Anzac Centenary website and DVA’s Facebook page and the DVA YouTube channel.

Marking 75 years since Hellfire Pass

A National Service will be held at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria, on 16 October 2018 to commemorate Australian work on Hellfire Pass and completion of the Thai-Burma Railway.

Nominations are now open for eligible surviving Australian veterans, accompanied by one nominated carer, to be supported by DVA to attend the National Service. Nominations close at 5pm, 3 August 2018.

The service will be livestreamed via the Anzac Centenary website and DVA’s Facebook page and the DVA YouTube channel.

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