Veteran stories highlighted on socials as Anzac Day approaches

By Anna Macdonald

April 19, 2022

Matt Anderson
Director of the Australian War Memorial Matt Anderson. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

With Anzac Day approaching on Monday, The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has started a social campaign featuring the stories of veterans on Facebook under the hashtag #LestWeForget. 

Stories such as this one from Ray Palmer will appear during the social media initiative.

For Anzac Day, services promoted by the DVA will be held across the country and overseas, with international services in places such as Gallipoli, Turkey and Villers-Bretonneux, France for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of local services can be found here

The Australian War Memorial’s Anzac program has been released as chair Kerry Stokes departs the memorial’s former director, and former defence minister, Brendan Nelson rejoins the council.

The Anzac Day Dawn Service, to be held next Monday, marks the 80th anniversary of Anzac Day commemorations. The dawn service is set to commence at 5.30am at the Australian War Memorial, with the RSL Veterans’ March planned for 9.30am.

For the Australian War Memorial Council changes, Seven Network chair Stokes has departed the council after 15 years, with six years as chair. 

Memorial director Matt Anderson commented on Stokes’ departure: “His consensus-building approach, business acumen and respect for all Memorial staff have underpinned his successive terms as chair and his contributions at council will be greatly missed. On behalf of all staff and volunteers, both past and present, I express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for his outstanding service and dedication.”

Stokes is funding the defamation case of former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith against Nine, as reported in Crikey

On Nelson joining the Council, Anderson said: “We look forward to working with Dr Nelson again and using his passion and knowledge to serve the Memorial in a strategic capacity.”


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