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Commemorating 60 years since end of WWll.



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Andrew Laming MP Federal Member for Bowman

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 11 August 2005 MR05.065

COMMEMORATING 60 YEARS SINCE END OF WWII

Andrew Laming, Member for Bowman today encouraged local residents to take time to honour those who served in World War II on the 60th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific - 15 August 2005.

“On this day 60 years ago Victory in the Pacific was announced after Japan’s surrender to Allied forces,” Mr Laming said.

“VP Day is an occasion for older generations to remember and for younger generations to reflect on what it meant to Australians 60 years ago to learn of the Japanese surrender.

“Following the announcement that the war was over, many Australians poured onto the streets, dancing and waving flags in celebration.

“Australians serving around the world looked forward to returning home, but their thoughts also turned to those who did not live to see peace.”

Some one million Australians served during World War II; about 40,000 were killed and more than 30,000 were taken prisoner.

Mr Laming said VP Day was being marked by commemorations across Australia, supported by funding from the Australian Government.

This included local presentation ceremonies for allied veterans from World War II.

“Today we take time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who suffered and those who contributed on the home front in World War II,” Mr Laming said.

“To those who served in the defence of Australia, or who supported the war effort at home during those dark days, we offer our deepest gratitude.

“I encourage everyone to take time to think about those who served in World War II and the important role they have in Australia’s history.”

ENDS

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