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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 VA032

SYDNEY MEMORIALS DECLARED NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced that the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial, the Korean War Memorial in Moore Park and the Cenotaph in Martin Place have been declared Military Memorials of National Significance.

“It is with great pleasure that I am able to make this announcement today, because each of these memorials commemorates the contribution of Australian servicemen and women, and are worthy of being declared Military Memorials of National Significance.”

“A military memorial of national significance must be of an appropriate scale, design and standard, while also being dignified and symbolic. It must be for the sole purpose of commemorating an important aspect of the nation’s wartime history, and must play a major role in community commemorative activities,” Mr Snowdon said.

The Anzac Memorial is an imposing Art Deco style structure that forms the centre of remembrance and commemoration in NSW. It commemorates all Australians who have served their country in war and will play an important role in NSW for Centenary commemorations in the upcoming years.

The Korean War Memorial in Moore Park has a contemporary design and pays tribute to Korean War veterans and the wider Korean community. The memorial honours a friendship forged through war, between two countries, cultures and communities.

A long standing memorial, the Cenotaph in Martin Place, was first dedicated 86 years ago, at the time to commemorate Australians who had served during the First World War. Today the Cenotaph plays a key role in Anzac Day commemorations each year with thousands of Sydney siders laying wreaths and paying their respects.

“Each of these memorials commemorates a key point in our history, and they are unique in their own way and this announcement will undoubtedly receive overwhelming support from the wider ex-service community and the general public.

“The Australian Government is committed to the appropriate commemoration of the nation’s wartime history, and ensuring the efforts and sacrifices of Australian servicemen and women, past and present, are never forgotten,” Mr Snowdon said.

For further information about Military Memorials of National Significance visit www.dva.gov.au/commems_oawg/commemorations/Pages/MMNS.aspx

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon’s Office: 02 6277 7820 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203