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Remembering our WWII Veterans

Today marks 73 years since the Victory in Europe Day, when on May 8 in 1945, five years and eight months of hostilities in Europe and the Mediterranean were ended as Germany's unconditional surrender took effect on all fronts.

Image Source: Sgt. James A. Spence, during his service in World War II. Piccadilly Square pictured as supporters celebrate VE Day, May 08, 1945.

Minister for Veterans Affairs, Darren Chester is encouraging people to reflect today, and remember the Australian service men and women who served in the European and Mediterranean theatres of the Second World War.

“Australian men and women served in the European and Mediterranean theatres from the beginning of hostilities in September 1939.

"Some 10,000 lost their lives in the war against Germany and her European allies, almost 10,000 more were wounded and some 8,000 became prisoners of war,” Mr Chester said.

“Victory in Europe Day was a cause for great celebration in Allied nations and meant that thousands of Australians, including recently released prisoners of war, could return home.

“In Australia, news of Germany’s surrender was tempered with the knowledge that the war in the Pacific continued with no end yet in sight.

“We must never forget the significance of the Allied victory in Europe, or the men and women whose service and sacrifice helped bring about Germany’s defeat.”

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