Today marks Battle for Australia Day, an occasion to remember all Australians who fought and died defending the nation against the Japanese during the Second World War.
A wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the day was held at the Australian War Memorial.
Representing Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Australia.
He also read a message from the Prime Minister.
“Today I am honoured to express the nation’s admiration for the extraordinary courage and perseverance of those Australians who gave so much, both overseas and at home, to preserve our freedom,” he said on behalf of the Prime Minister.
Senator Feeney said this year was particularly important as it marked a milestone.
“Today’s ceremony commemorates 70 years since the 1942 campaigns that marked the beginning of the Battle for Australia,” he said.
“We remember the service and sacrifice of all those Australians who served in defence of our nation, during a period when our nation appeared to face its greatest peril.”
Battle for Australia Day was declared a day of national observance in 2008. For more information on Australian involvement in the Second World War visit www.ww2australia.gov.au.
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