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Preparations Underway for Commemorations at the Western Front

Tuesday 28 April, 2015

Source: Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Mininster for the Centenary of Anzac Special Minister of State

Preparations are underway for commemorations along the Western Front with the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today meeting with the Belgian Minister for Defence, Steven Vandeput, to discuss arrangements for events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

A day after the unveiling of the designs for the Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France, Senator Ronaldson attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels.

He also met with Geert Bourgeois, the Minister-President of Flanders, Koen Verlaeckt, the Secretary General of the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, and Pierre Ruyffelaere, the General Coordinator of the Flanders Government, to discuss Australia’s plans for commemorating battles that took place along the Western Front.

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