Peacekeeping

This year the Peacekeeping Day Commemorative Service will be held at the site of the future memorial on Anzac Parade Saturday 14 September 2013 commencing at 11:00am.

Saturday 14 September marks the day in 1947 when Australia's first peacekeeping contingent departed to provide a military observer group in Indonesia under the auspices of the newly formed United Nations. Australians have been participating in peacekeeping or peacekeeping style missions somewhere in the world for 66 years to help establish and maintain peace and stability.

Current and serving peacekeepers are encouraged to wear their medals, and any distinctive headwear – blue (UN), orange (Sinai), or yellow (Bougainville) berets if they wish. Police members may also wear uniform.

This year's ceremony falls on a Saturday and we hope that many members of the public will also take the opportunity to pause at the site and contemplate the service and sacrifice given by over 60,000 Australians, some tragically with their lives.