- McGowan Government acknowledges the sacrifice and devotion of Australia's servicemen and women
- More than $1 million allocated in the past year for 2018 Anzac Day and Armistice Day commemorations
Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has reinforced the McGowan Government's support for veterans and their families, highlighting a range of activities and events across Western Australia to commemorate Anzac Day tomorrow (April 25).
In the past year, the State Government has allocated more than $1 million to help various organisations prepare for this year's commemorations, including:
- Anzac Day dawn and commemorative services across WA ($193,158);
- Parade march, memorial service at the Perth Concert Hall and gunfire breakfast ($121,919);
- Sunset services across the three days leading up to Anzac Day, to enable those who are unable to attend on the day the opportunity to pay their respects ($2,395); and
- Sub-branch commemorative events throughout 94 regional towns and communities ($353,986).
The State Government has also provided $300,000 in Anzac Day Trust funding to ex-service organisations to assist their work with veterans and their families over issues such as employment transition, mental health and other support.
Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:
"Wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations to the current day have claimed the lives of more than 102,000 Australians - including the horrendous losses suffered during World War I that saw 62,000 dead or held as prisoners.
"World War I, or the Great War as it is often called, officially ended almost 100 years ago.
"On Anzac Day, we remember all those men and women who have served in our defence forces and acknowledge the sacrifices they have made and the legacy of their actions.
"Anzac Day is when we collectively pay tribute to the selflessness, courage, strength and mateship of our veterans; characteristics that helped secure Australia's freedom.
"The McGowan Government is proud to support Anzac Day events. Lest we forget."
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