- 2018 marks the end of the Centenary of Anzac - Australia's most significant period of national commemoration
- Premier Mark McGowan will host a new web series - 'Reflections on the Centenary'
- Web series part of a wider program of events and initiatives to mark the end of the commemoration period
Premier Mark McGowan will today launch a new web series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The Premier will interview veterans, school students and community members throughout the year, exploring the importance of marking the end of the Centenary of Anzac (2014-18).
Broadcast today on the Premier's Facebook account, with links also available on Twitter and Instagram, the first interview features 100-year-old World War II veteran John 'JJ' Wade. As one of the last surviving 'Rats of Tobruk', Mr Wade continues to be an active member of the veteran community, serving as committee president of the 2/28th Battalion and 24th Anti-Tank Company Association.
The web series is one of several initiatives and events to be launched this year to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, including:
- A State-wide creative display competition for school students;
- A dedicated history teaching resource for primary and secondary students;
- Overseas educational and historical tours for students and young Western Australians;
- A grant for the Returned and Services League WA to commemorate Anzac Day; and
- Funding for the arts, with a light installation planned for Albany and support for the Black Swan Theatre Company to tour the acclaimed production of The Lighthouse Girl to regional WA.
A series of special receptions for veterans will also be held throughout the year. For more information, visit https://anzac.dpc.wa.gov.au/Pages/Centenary-Events-2018.aspx
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"My Government is committed to marking this important anniversary by honouring those that served, as well as engaging and educating school students and the wider community.
"This new web series - part of a wider program of events to commemorate the end of the Centenary of Anzac - is an opportunity to hear first-hand from representatives in our community about why this anniversary is so important and personal to them.
"It is an honour to meet these people and I look forward to sharing their stories. I hope this web series is also used as an education tool for all young Western Australians and will assist with keeping the Anzac spirit alive."
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