09/18/2017: A national commemorative service to mark the 70th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping and a dedication ceremony for the new Australian Peacekeeping Memorial was held at the site of the new memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra on Thursday 14 September 2017.
The public event was attended by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia; His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Chief Patron of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project; Minister for Veterans Affairs’ the Honourable Dan Tehan MP; Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, Chief of the Australian Defence Force; Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force; Rear Admiral Gregory Sammut, AM, CSC, Royal Australian Navy , and Major General Rick Burr DSC AM MVO, Deputy Chief of Army amongst many others including former and current peacekeepers, and their families.
The new Peacekeeping memorial in Canberra commemorates the courage, sacrifice and service of Australian peacekeepers and it honours Australia’s contribution to international peacekeeping missions since the first UN deployment in 1947.
Since 1947, Australia has provided over 65,000 military and police personnel to more than 62 United Nations and other multinational peace and security operations around the globe.
Australian Department of Defence