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The combined services Catafalque party 'Rest-on-Arms' at the commencement of the Peacekeepers' Commemorative Service. Senior ADF members, and civilian guests, pay their respects during the playing of the 'Last-Post' at the Peacekeepers' Commemorative Service.

68th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping - 14 Sept 2015

A Commemorative Service was held on the 14th September 2015 at the site for the future Australian Peacekeeping Memorial to acknowledge the 68th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping.

The Service was well attended by about 120 military, police and civilian peacekeeping veterans. The Prime Minister was represented by the Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon Stuart Robert, MP. Other dignitaries that attended included the High Commissioners for Cyprus, Timor Leste, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, the Minister for Justice, the Chief of the Defence Force and the Australian Federal Police Commissioner.

Bowing their heads as a mark of respect (from the left) Assistant Minister for Defence, The Hon Stuart Robert MP; The Minister for Justice, The Honourable Michael Keenan MP and the chairman Australian Peacekeeping Memorial project, Major General Tim Ford (Ret'd). The combined services Catafalque party 'present arms' at the Peacekeepers' Commemorative Service.

This service also acknowledged that 2015 is the 20th Anniversary of the Kibeho Massacre where four members of Australia’s Contingent in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) received Medals of Gallantry. Air Commodore Tracy Smart AM, the Surgeon General Designate of the ADF, who was a member of the Australian Contingent in Rwanda in 1995, gave the Special Address.

Nearly 90,000 Australians, primarily Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police, have deployed on peacekeeping roles since the first United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Dutch East Indies in 1947. Currently there are more than 50 ADF personnel deployed on peacekeeping or peace monitoring roles, including OP Aslan in South Sudan, OP Paladin in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, and OP Mazurka on the Sinai Peninsula.

The Director General Strategic Health Co-Ordination, Air Commodore Tracy Smart, AM gives a special address on her experiences on deployment during Peacekeeping operations. The Director General Strategic Health Co-Ordination, Air Commodore Tracy Smart, AM and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC at the proposed Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Site on Anzac Parade, Canberra.


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