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75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore
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THE HON RICHARD MARLES MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEMBER FOR CORIO

THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF » THE FALL « OF » SINGAPORE

Today marks the 75th Anniversary « of » the Fall « of » Singapore, which saw 7,500 Allied lives lost in conflict, and 15,000 Australians taken as prisoners - a third « of » whom would not survive the « war » .

A National Service at the « Australian » « Ex » - « Prisoners » « of » « War » « Memorial » in Ballarat will form part « of » the commemorative events to mark this significant moment in the history « of » Australia and the Second World « War » .

The occasion will also be marked by the official opening « of » the Garden « of » the Grieving Mother, recognising family members who felt the loss « of » their loved ones.

The Fall « of » Singapore changed tens « of » thousands « of » « Australian » lives, both at home and abroad.

With 1,800 « Australian » lives lost or listed as missing in action, 1,300 wounded and 15,000 taken as POWs, the battle « of » Malaya and Singapore was an overwhelming loss, devastating for our troops and their families at home.

Today’s commemorative service allows us to once again reflect on the sacrifice « of » so many « Australian » servicemen and servicewomen and their families during the « war » .

The conditions which « Australian » men and women endured as POW’s were marred with horror and brutality.

While their suffering was unimaginable, their stories « of » mateship and compassion continue to strike our hearts today and inspire us to live up to their example.

Today we pause to remember those lives which were never the same as a result « of » the Fall « of Singapore and the conflict on the Malay Peninsula.

There is no greater sacrifice than those who served their country.

WEDNESDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: TONY HODGES (MARLES) 0435 594 552

KATE HANNS (RISHWORTH) 0423 974 363