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Victory in Europe Remembered 72 Years on

Monday 8 May, 2017

Source: Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would reflect on the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marked the end of the Second World War hostilities in Europe.

“Fighting in Europe and the Mediterranean came at a great cost to Australia with some 10,000 lives lost, almost 10,000 wounded and almost 8,000 prisoners of war,” Mr Tehan said.

“Australian men and women served in European and the Mediterranean theatres from the beginning of hostilities in September 1939 and while the majority were re-deployed to the Pacific after Japan entered the war, many Australians continued to fight in the European theatre until Germany’s surrender.

“We must never forget the significance of victory in Europe and the service and sacrifice of the men and women who made it happen.”

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