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         “REMEMBER THEIR SACRIFICE, CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM”

Veterans, politicians, children, families and over 200 guests converged on North Bondi RSL
today to help launch celebrations for the 65th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day (VP
Day). The launch calls on Australians to remember the sacrifices of the WWII veterans and
celebrate our freedoms for which they so fiercely fought.

The ending of World War II on 15 August 1945 (VP Day) was one of the most important
day’s in the 20th Century. Keeping the Spirit of '45 Alive Down Under is a grass-roots
initiative to mark the 65th Anniversary of that great day and for the veterans, it’s a chance for
us to ‘Remember their sacrifice, celebrate our freedom’.

Special guests at the launch included the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs (The Hon. Alan
Griffin, MP), Minister Assisting the NSW Premier for Veteran’s Affairs (The Hon. Peter
Primrose, MP), Commander Australian Fleet (Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC,
RAN), and a number WWII veterans including a Rat of Tobruk, former POWs and former
senior defence staff.

Mr Griffin said that numerous events and activities would be conducted in the lead up to the
65th anniversary of VP Day on 15 August, when there will be a commemoration ceremony
and at The Cenotaph at Martin Place in Sydney.

Rear Admiral Gilmore said: “We in uniform today owe a great deal to our veterans of former
conflicts.”

“Our name as a nation and as a Defence Force has been forged by the courage, commitment,
dependability, fortitude and resilience of those dedicated men and women whom have served
Australia proud,” he said.

Throughout 2010, the Keep 45 Alive initiative will honour its aim to ‘remember their
sacrifice, celebrate our freedom’, by hosting and supporting key commemorative activities,
gather and record personal memories of men and women who experienced VP Day in 1945
before they are lost forever, and to link and create a bond between current generations of
Australians with those of the 1945 era.

Mr Bradley, a WWII veteran said: “Collecting stories and preserving them on the website will
bring together younger and older generations of Australians in commemorating the 65th
anniversary of VP Day.”

During that period, more than 19 000 Australians lost their lives, 15 000 were wounded and
22 000 were taken prisoner. More information can be found at www.keep45alive.org.au or
through our social networking sites on Facebook (Keep 45 Alive Down Under) or on Twitter
@Keep45Alive.

Public Affairs Officer: Hugh Simpson, 0402 255 319, hugh@keep45alive.org.au

				
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