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Inscription Plaque 2 : 18-04-2014
Inscription Plaque 2 : 18-04-2014

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The monument commemorates those who served and those who gave their lives in World War Two. It details Australia's contribution and cost in this conflict. 

"Australia Remembers, 1945-1995" was a program of activities organised by the Federal Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two. 

Location

Address:Copeland Road & Wongala Crescent, Reserve behind War Memorial , Beecroft, 2119
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.750931
Long: 151.065904
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1995
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Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995 

The 50th anniversary of the end of World War II (1939 - 1945)

This memorial, erected in the year 1995, being the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, honours the sons and daughters of Australia who valiantly served the country during the years of hostilities. Many in far flung lands, at sea, on the ground and in the air. Many rest forever in these foreign lands. They bravely fought in all theatres of this war, in the North Atlantic, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans, Southeast Asia, the South West Pacific and in their homeland when it was attacked by the enemy. Later they served in the occupation force in Japan.

Theirs was a brave and selfless tradition first established by the ANZACs in World War I and proudly carried on for these ANZACs by this new generation in World War II, thereby keeping the tradition alive.Let their sacrifice and valour be ever remembered and forever remind us of the heavy price paid by that generation of Australians and their allies in crushing the tyranny of that time. Let us remember the 64 bombing raids of our homeland in Darwin, the 41 Naval and Merchant ships sunk in our also mined waters, the bombing raids on Broome and Townsville, shelling from the sea off Sydney and Newcastle, the submarine attacks on Sydney, attacks elsewhere on our shores, all testify to the realities of the danger this country faced, often unknown at the time by our people. Let us remember the many who also played their part on the home front, we acknowledge our debt to them whilst serving as civilians in the merchant navy at sea transporting vital goods and equipment, to the girls who formed the Land Army who worked on the land providing us with food, to others who worked in the factories building aircraft, tanks, making ammunition and other war supplies, all keeping this country on a war going. They worked tirelessly for those in the Armed Services, and in so doing, helped bring about victory over the enemy. 

Lest We Forget

Australia’s contribution and cost
Our then population 6,970,000
 Enlistment : All services 993,000
Male component 926,000
Female component 66,100
Served overseas 575,799
Killed, died: All causes 39,366
Taken as Prisoners Of War 30,435
Prisoner Of War deaths 8,296
Wounded in action etc. 66,553

The horrific cost to mankind in World War II caused more deaths and destruction than any previous war. The number of dead will never be accurately known and estimates range between 40 to 60 million people. The majority were civilians who died from bombings, starvation, massacres, genocide, disease etc. One ally with 20,000,000 troops and civilians killed suffered the highest toll of the 59 countries involved.

Unveiled by Federal Member for Berowra  MR Phillip Ruddock MP  

Source: NRWM, MA
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