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Victory in the Pacific anniversary to be commemorated in Hobart.



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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Monday 11 July 2005 VA073

VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ANNIVERSARY TO BE COMMEMORATED IN HOBART

The 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and Victory in the Pacific will be commemorated in Hobart next month, with a reception for returned service personnel and a special memorial service.

The Hobart City Council has received Australian Government funding to assist in the commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific (VP) on 15 August 1945.

"Funding of $142,160 has been approved to assist Hobart with its commemorations of VP Day," Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, said.

Mrs Kelly said the funding had been approved under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorations program.

"This support will enable Hobart to mark this very special day in Australia’s history in the manner it deserves," Mrs Kelly said.

Hobart Lord Mayor Rob Valentine has welcomed the Federal Government’s assistance of $142,160, with the Council also contributing to the anniversary celebrations.

"The funding will provide substantial support for the significant celebrations Hobart has planned to mark the Victory in the Pacific and we are working with the State RSL to ensure those who served in the Pacific theatre are properly recognised," Alderman Valentine said.

"VP Day, 15 August is a day to honour and commemorate achievements of the hundreds of thousands of service men and women who made the sacrifice and displayed such great courage to protect Australia 60 years ago," he said.

"Thousands of young Tasmanians joined the call and it is appropriate that 60 years later, we commemorate what is one of the most important days in our history."

A reception and concert will be held in the Hobart City Hall on Sunday 14 August for invited service men and women who served in World War II, particularly in the Pacific, and their families, and for those who were involved in supporting organisations of the Pacific War effort.

The Council is calling for nominations from veterans, their families and supporting organisations to attend the reception, with an application form to be published in The Mercury on Wednesday 13 July 2005. As space in the City Hall is limited, a selection process may be necessary to determine final invitations.

"A commemorative and wreath laying service will also be held on VP Day, Monday 15 August, at the Domain Cenotaph to pay tribute to those who served in the armed forces and on the home front," Alderman Valentine said.

"There will be a range of commemorative events held around Australia to raise community awareness of VP Day, with the national Salute to Veterans celebrations to be held in Canberra during 13-15 August," Mrs Kelly said.

"Australians are grateful to our veterans for fighting to protect our freedom and democracy and for their contribution to our community.

"I congratulate Hobart for its commitment to honouring our veterans and those who gave their lives in the service of our nation."

Media Contacts:

Tony McMullan (Mrs Kelly) 0427 941 281 Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Rob Valentine (03) 62382702 or 0418 127 323