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Commemorating Victory in Europe


This month, we're commemorating the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe.

VE Day brought cause for grand celebrations across the Allied Nations as it marked an end to the Allies' war with Germany. Ordinary Australians made extraordinary contributions throughout the war. Learn more about World War II

Use #VEDay75 to connect with others on social media. Post stories of service. Share photos of how you are commemorating this month.

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If you can ride a horse, you can fly: Stuart Davis's story

Stuart 'Snow' Davis enlisted on 15 August 1941. He heard on the radio: 'If you can ride a horse, you can fly an aeroplane'. Snow and a few horsey mates took the advertisement at face value. After 3 months of basic training, he was selected to start training as a pilot. Watch Snow tell his story.

Need some help to ignite classroom discussion?

The Great Debates series is designed to engage students in classroom investigations of how war and conflicts have affected Australians. This resource, Australian Women and the Second World War, focuses on the roles of women during wartime. Download our new resource 

What's on

5 May - Battle of the Coral Sea Day
8 May - Victory in Europe (VE) Day
15 May - 75th anniversary of the Battle of Wewak
10 June - 75th anniversary of the OBOE 6 landings on Balikpapan, Borneo
25 June - 70th anniversary of the Korean War commencing
27 June - Korean Veterans' Day 

Find more dates: Australian National Commemorations

Observing National Reconciliation Week

Roy (Zeke) Mundine is a Bundjalung man from the northern coastal area of New South Wales. Zeke grew up in Australia at a time when Indigenous peoples had very few rights. Racism against First Australians was a mainstream attitude. Before he served two tours with the Australian Army in Vietnam, Zeke had served in Malaya in 1959. He later became the Australian Army's first Indigenous Elder. Watch Zeke tell his story

History in Focus

We've created a series of postcard prompts to help you discuss Australia's involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations: 

Saluting Their Service grants

Are you commemorating service personnel in your community or state?

Department of Veterans' Affairs is now accepting STS grant applications for eligible projects. The current STS grants round is open until 15 July. Check if you can apply.

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