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Commemorating & Remembering


One of DVA's key roles is acknowledging and commemorating the service and sacrifice of all those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations.


Commemorating all who served | Department of Veterans' Affairs (


24th February each year 

National Day for War Animals

National Day for War Animals is available on the 

Australian War Memorial website

The National Day for War Animals The Purple Poppy recognises the extraordinary loyalty and courage of all animals who serve alongside our military in times of war and peace. On the frontlines of conflict protecting and supporting our diggers, or in the homes of veterans living with the trauma of service, these often unsung heroes have earned a place in the hearts of all Australians.

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Image by Mario Beducci

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

'For Our Country', Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commemoration. Courtesy and © of the Australian War Memorial.

We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.  In the spirit of reconciliation the AV Connect acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.


The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia, and some conflicts involving personnel from the Australian colonies prior to Federation. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum. 

The Office of Australian War Graves
The Office of Australian War Graves takes care of war cemeteries and war graves. They work in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. They also build and look after official Australian memorials overseas.

Annastacia Palaszczuk MP has collaborated with the Australian War Widows Queensland to implement the very first "War Widows Day" in Queensland.

Why 19th October? This day represents the anniversary of the birthday of Jessie Vasey, Founder of the War Widows Guild.

What will the annual "War Widows Day" in Queensland on the 19th October represent? We will continue to remember and honour the widows and widowers of those who served defending our country.

War Widows Day
19th October annually

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