SENATOR THE HON DAVID FAWCETT
Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Senator for South Australia
THE HON DARREN CHESTER MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Educational Resources Available to Support Anzac Day Commemorations
Schools, ex-service organisations and other community organisations in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs will soon receive a special pack of educational materials and creative resources to help commemorate Anzac Day.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester MP said learning about our service personnel and the sacrifices they have made was an important part of commemoration, and the Anzac Day mail-out was one way the government was helping Australians learn more.
“The Anzac Day mail-out is an important resource delivered each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for schools as they teach our next generation about Australia’s military history,” Minister Chester said.
Senator the Hon David Fawcett said the Anzac Day mail-out resources helped the community remember those who have served in a meaningful way and learn more about how they have helped shape Australia’s history and society.
“Learning about our military history is a significant part of commemoration as it provides us with an understanding of events that have shaped the nation as well as the sacrifices that our service personnel have made for Australia, including the more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in service of our nation,” Senator Fawcett said.
Senator Fawcett encourages schools, ex-service organisations and community groups in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs to access and use these resources as a tool to teach Australia’s future leaders and the next generation about the service and sacrifice of Australian defence personnel – past and present.
“These educational resources will help the young people to engage with Australia’s history and better appreciate those who have served to protect our freedoms,” Senator Fawcett said.
“Extending their understanding of service and sacrifice will also help them appreciate why it’s important we, as Australians, honour those men and women who served in defence of our country – many who paid the ultimate price for us to live in liberty..”
“This year’s mail-out includes resources that commemorate 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force, with this milestone falling in 2021.
“In 2020, we marked the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The war in the Pacific and the end of the Second World War will also feature in the mail-out resources.”
The Anzac Day mail-out contains posters, educational materials, flyers and the book Shifting Tides: Australia and the Pacific in the Second World War.
All resources are free and available to download via the Anzac Portal, here: https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au.