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Battle for Australia

A commemorative broadcast to honour the service and sacrifice of those who defended Australian shores from attack in the Second World War.

01 September 2021 11:00 am - 01 September 2021 12:00 pm
Online event
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold a live service. While we cannot join together to give remembrance, a commemorative broadcast will honour all those who served in the many battles during the Second World War that are now recognised as the Battle for Australia.

Held annually on the first Wednesday in September, this service recognises the men and women who drove back the Japanese advance in the Second World War.

In 1942 and 1943, Australia and her allies fought a series of battles in South East Asia and the Pacific. These battles included the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay and the Coral Sea. The aim was to defend Australia and push back the advancing Japanese.

After campaigning by the RSL and Battle for Australia Commemoration Committee, the first official service took place in 2008. Since then, school students have come to lay a wreath to honour the service and sacrifice of Australians and their allies.

Watch the commemorative broadcast:

Reviewed 01 September 2021

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