Australia’s reputation as a global citizen will be commemorated tomorrow in Canberra with a service recognising the 75th anniversary of our involvement in peacekeeping operations to be broadcast live on the ABC.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Matt Keogh MP said more than 66,000 Australian men and women have served in more than 60 international peacekeeping operations since 1947, and tragically 16 have lost their lives while serving.
“In 1947, Australians were part of the first United Nations peacekeeping operation when military observers were deployed to the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia),” Minister Keogh said.
“Since that time, Australian peacekeepers have served in locations around the world, ranging from the Middle East to Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
“This commemoration is an opportunity for all Australians to honour the service and sacrifice of our military, police and civilian peacekeepers.
“I am pleased that the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal Police and civilian peacekeepers will all be part of tomorrow’s service, recognising the diversity of Australia’s participation in peacekeeping over the past 75 years.”
The commemorative service will take place from 10.30am at the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra, and will be broadcast live on the ABC.
“I encourage everyone to take a moment to watch the service tomorrow, either on the ABC or if you are in Canberra come along to Anzac Parade,” Minister Keogh said.
“We should all take this time to recognise the service and sacrifice of our fellow Australians who served as peacekeepers, and ensure that their dedication to service and commitment to improving people’s lives in places where war and conflict have taken place is always remembered.”