75th Anniversary Commemorative Service

Last updated: 
29 June 2020



Nationally broadcast commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. 

Please note: The service will be closed for TV in order to observe COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

Date Saturday, 15 August 2020
Time 10:00 am
Venue Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, Canberra








At the beginning of 1945, Australians had been at war for over five years. In Europe, the Germans surrendered on 7 May 1945. Australian prisoners of war in European prison camps were liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew began returning home.

This was a war like no other in history, with Australians fighting in theatres of war across the globe from Europe to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, to Asia and the Pacific, and conflict coming to the Australian mainland for the first time.

The 75th Anniversary Commemorative Service will be an opportunity for all Australians to pause, reflect and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of more than 39,000 who lost their lives, the some 30,000 taken as prisoners of war and those who made their contribution in service on the home front.

What to expect

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will deliver a televised commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War from inside the Australian War Memorial on Saturday, 15 August 2020, commencing at 10.00am.

This commemorative service provides an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge those Australians who contributed to the war effort and defended the freedom of nations throughout the Second World War.

The national commemorative service is being held on Victory in the Pacific Day, an annual commemoration for which Australians acknowledge that the Second World War was finally over.

While the commemorative service will be closed to the general public in order to observe COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the service will be broadcast live across Australia by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and streamed online. The ABC will also make the broadcast available to other networks to provide all members of the community the opportunity to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in solemn and dignified manner from the safety of their home.

Contact information

In Australia

Department of Veterans' Affairs

  • Phone: 1800 838 372
  • Email: commemorations [at] dva.gov.au