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70th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping Week
11-16 September 2017

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On the 14th September 2017, the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial will be officially opened on its site on Anzac Parade, Canberra in a combined dedication and commemorative service at which the Principal Guest will be His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. This service will mark the completion of a decade long project to construct this national peacekeeping memorial and will be the highlight of a wide range of activities and events being undertaken during Australian Peacekeeping Week which runs from 11-16 September 2017 to commemorate Australia’s involvement in international peace operations for the last 70 years.

Australia has a proud record of service in international peacekeeping missions and peace operations commanded by the United Nations and regional arrangements. Australia deployed the first civilian and military observers to the United Nations Good Offices Mission in Indonesia in September 1947. In the seventy years since, Australian governments have deployed a wide range of contingents all around the world, comprising both armed and unarmed military, police and civilian experts, as part of over 60 international peacekeeping missions. Some 80,000 Australians have deployed on these missions during which a number have died, and a considerable number have been wounded or suffered trauma.

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Important dates to remember

70th anniversary Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers - Thursday 14th September 2017

Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, Passchendaele - Tuesday 26th September 2017

75th anniversary of the start of El Alamein - Monday 23rd October 2017

Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba, Sinai Palestine Campaign - Tuesday 31st October 2017

75th anniversary of Kokoda and the beachheads - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Remembrance Day Commemoration Service, Tamworth Town Hall - Saturday 11th November 2017

 

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