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Brisbane: the national focus for VP Day



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MEDIA RELEASET he H on C on S c ia c c a MR M i n i s t e r fo r V e t e r a n s ' A f f a ir s / Vl'2/July 11, 1995

Brisbane - the national focus for VP Day TENS OF THOUSANDS of Queenslanders and people from northern New South Wales are expected to flock to Brisbane for the national VI* Day commemoration on August 15.

"Brisbane will be the national focus for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of victory in the Paciiic," the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Mr Con Sciacca, said today.

Accommodation in the Queensland capital is already starting to be heavily booked.

"I hope that as many Queenslanders as possible will be in Brisbane for this momentous event and I understand there's also a lot of interest from people across the border in northern New South Wales," the Minister added.

"It is fitting that Brisbane is the focus for this massive Australia Remembers commemoration because of the significance of the Queensland capital during the war in the Pacific.

"The United States' General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in Chief South West Pacific and the Australian commander in chief. General Sir Thomas Blarney, made Brisbane their headquarters for prosecuting the war against the Japanese," the Minister said.

"The city saw an unprecedented military build-up in the latter part of the war."

August 15 in Brisbane will start with a ticker-tape street parade at 10 am from the southern end of Adelaide Street. The parade, which is expected to be one of the biggest ever through central Brisbane, will include veterans, servicemen and women, bands and schoolchildren, as well as contemporary and historical military vehicles.

A saluting dais will be erected on the steps of King George Square, and those present will include the Governor General, the Prime Minister and Queensland's Premier.

Following the parade, a commemorative service will be held in Anzac Square. Large television screens will be erected to assist the view of the thousands expected to crowd into the vicinity of the Shrine. The afternoon of 15 August will be dedicated to celebrating the end of the war and beginning of peace 50 years ago, with the focus being in Queen Street. '

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"It is extremely exciting that Brisbane will host the national VP Day ceremonies, and that the activities of the day will be televised nationally,” the Minister said.

"Clearly, there will be some inconvenience for those working in the city, but that pales in comparison to the hardships, the sacrifices and the suffering endured by those Australians we recall and honour on the 50th anniversary of VP Day."

"I know that the people of Brisbane, and the people of Queensland, will throw themselves wholeheartedly behind this milestone in our nation's history."

Inquiries: Paul Lewer Australia Remembers Task Force 07 2238850 Peter Thomas Australia Remembers Task Force 018 622 660