Peacekeepers recognised with commemorative service marking 75 years

A national commemorative service will be held in Canberra on 14 September, recognising the 75th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations.

In 1947, Australians were part of the first group of United Nations military observers anywhere in the world, and were sent to the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia). Since that time, Australian peacekeepers have served in locations around the world, from the Middle East to Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and many more.

More than 66,000 Australian men and women have served in more than 50 international peacekeeping operations since 1947; tragically 16 have lost their lives.

The commemorative service on 14 September is an opportunity for Australians to honour the service and sacrifice of all of Australia’s military, police and civilian peacekeepers.

Service details:

Time:           10am pre-service program, 10.30am national commemorative service
Date:            Wednesday 14 September
Location:     Australian Peacekeeping Memorial
Anzac Parade

All veterans, families and the general public are welcome to attend the service.

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