Queensland prepares for ANZAC centenary

Published Monday, 21 January, 2013 at 05:02 PM

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
The Honourable Glen Elmes

The contribution made by Queenslanders to the First World War between 1914 and 1918 will be recognised with a significant program of commemorative centenary events and functions starting next year.

Minister Assisting the Premier for Veterans Affairs Glen Elmes today officially launched a Queensland committee, which will oversee commemorative activities, at its first meeting held at Brisbane’s Victoria Barracks.

“I’m looking to this group for advice and leadership on commemoration activities to ensure that the contribution made by Queenslanders in all theatres of war is recognised with appropriate dignity and honour,” Mr Elmes said.

“The membership represents a broad range and depth of experience, knowledge and community connections, which will ensure the centenary of the contribution Queenslanders made to the Great War is commemorated in a significant and appropriate way.

“War has played a fundamental role in the shaping of Australia, and our military history provides a valuable insight into our development as a nation.

“The ANZAC spirit is held as a cultural benchmark for values held dear by Australians such as mateship, courage, bravery, loyalty and sacrifice.

“There will be funding available to support commemorative activities suggested by the committee, as well as other events organised by individual communities and organisations around the state.

“I’m sure there will be strong interest from Queensland communities in how we can help them commemorate military events which have touched all corners of the state.”

Mr Elmes said while the focus of the committee was to oversee the commemoration of World War One centenary activities across Queensland, there would be a range of anniversaries from other conflicts falling within that timeframe.

“During the four years, there will also be important 75th anniversaries for World War Two campaigns, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam conflict,” he said.

“War is a violent and dreadful thing, but it’s important to recognise those individuals who have given so much in all wars during the past 100 years.”

The committee will work closely with the Commonwealth ANZAC Committee to give centenary commemorations across the state the recognition they deserve.

[ENDS] 21 January 2013

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