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Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial
NameAustralian War Memorial
CommemoratesAustralian military dead of all wars
Unveiled1941, and in stages since then
Nearest TownCanberra, ACT
DesignerEmil Sodersten and John Crust

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The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of all its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum.

The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world.

The Memorial is located in Australia's capital, Canberra. It is the northern terminus of the city's ceremonial land axis, which stretches from Parliament House on Capital Hill along a line passing through the summit of the cone-shaped Mount Ainslie to the northeast. No continuous roadway links the two points, but there is a clear line of sight from the front balcony of Parliament House to the War Memorial, and from the front steps of the War Memorial back to Parliament House.

The Australian War Memorial consists of three parts: the Commemorative Area (shrine) including the Hall of Memory with the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, the Memorial's galleries (museum) and Research Centre (records). The Memorial also has an outdoor Sculpture Garden. The Memorial is open daily from 10am until 5pm, except on Christmas Day.

Many people include Anzac Parade as part of the Australian War Memorial because of the Parade's physical design leading up to the War Memorial, but it is maintained separately by the National Capital Authority (NCA).

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Remembrance song - national war memorial music. Remembrance tribute to the spirit of mateship, courage, and sacrifice. Report from THE AGE newspaper online 21st June 2010: Three Australian soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, just a fortnight after two other diggers died in a roadside bomb blast in the war torn country. Ten were on board the chopper, Defence Chief Air Marshal Angus Houston told reporters. The soldiers are attached to the Special Operations Task Group and there are "a number of casualties", the department said in a statement. Private Ben Chuck, Private Timothy Aplin, and Private Scott Palmer, were killed when the helicopter they were on crashed on its way to a mission south of the Australian base at Tarin Kowt. They were part of the Special Operations Task Group drawn from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment. The three commandos had been to Afghanistan on previous tours. Seven other Australian soldiers were injured in the crash and two remain in intensive care. The deaths bring Australia's casualty toll in Afghanistan to 16 since 2001. Thesong is timeless and honours the memory of those who have died in the service and defence of Australia in war. The marching theme of the song is especially powerful and supports the spirit of ANZAC Day. The song does not glorify war or endorse conflict of any kind. The song simply highlights the sacrifice of many Australians who died in the service and defence of our country in war. Over <b>...</b>
3.00 min. | 4.85 user rating
Vietnam war film with music - war memorial remembrance song. Vietnam War 1962 - 1973. From 1962, approximately 50000 Australians, including ground troops, air force and navy personnel served in Vietnam. 520 died and close to 2400 were wounded. Australia began by sending advisers to Vietnam, the number of which rose steadily until 1965, when combat troops were committed. New Zealand began by sending a detachment of engineers and an artillery battery, and then started sending special forces and regular infantry. Australia's peak commitment was 7672 combat troops, New Zealand's 552. Most of these soldiers served in the 1st Australian Task Force, a brigade group-type formation, which was based in Phuoc Tuy province It is important to highlight that many young men were conscripted to serve in Vietnam. From 1965 to 1972, 19450 national servicemen served in the Vietnam War, with 202 killed and 1279 wounded. The National Service Scheme was abolished on 5 December 1972. 43 Australian Army nursing sisters were sent to Vietnam between April 1967 and November 1971, undertaking tours of up to twelve months. The nurses were assigned to a military hospital in a war zone with no advance preparation for what they'd encounter: caring for horrifically injured soldiers straight off the battlefield, understaffed, using basic equipment and often in difficult working conditions. About 210 Australian nurses traveled to South Vietnam between 1964 and 1972 to care for injured civilians during the <b>...</b>
2.95 min. | 4.62 user rating
Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching? is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage, and sacrifice. The song is timeless and honours the memory of those who have died in the service and defence of Australia in war. The marching theme of the song is especially powerful and supports the spirit of ANZAC Day. The song does not glorify war or endorse conflict of any kind. The song simply highlights the sacrifice of many Australians who died in the service and defence of our country in war. "The CD was great. We put it over the PA system in the park on ANZAC Day and the whole town has been humming the tune ever since." Collie Cardiff RSL - Western Australia "Last Sunday, the Brisbane Broncos played the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium in a round 7 NRL match. The match including the ceremony was shown live on Fox Sports. At 2.25pm there was a special Anzac tribute and your wonderful song was played as the special guests, match officials and both teams entered the stadium. They walked on in staggered starts escorted by Army service personnel to the music and it was absolutely wonderful. They all lined up in one line and the 'toss' was performed by an 85 yr old POW veteran. The Qld Premier with match referee and both team captains. The Qld President of the RSL read the Ode and a Navy bugler played the Last Post. It was a very moving few minutes and everyone loved it. You should be very proud of your song. Thanks again for permitting <b>...</b>
2.93 min. | 4.82 user rating
WW1 - The great war. Remembrance Day. First World War 1914 to 1918. The First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 300000 men enlisted, of which over 60000 were killed and 156000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. In 1916, Australians were at the main battle front of the war. In July, on the Somme, the Australians were engaged in one of the bloodiest, most destructive battles in history. Over several weeks, in a series of determined attacks against strong defense, the Australians suffered a rate of casualties that was nearly unsustainable. The single worst day of the war was at the battle of Fromelles with 5000 Australian casualties, and no ground was taken. Nearly 23000 Australians died at the Somme. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is held on April 25 and is the anniversary of the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign during the First World War. Over 8000 Australian soldiers died in the Gallipoli campaign, and even though the campaign was a failure, the ANZAC legend was formed. Australia was a young nation and the courage and character shown by Australians at Gallipoli was quickly recognised and honored back home. The First World War is often referred to as 'The Great War' or the 'war to end all wars'. The song on this video is a national war memorial song and a tribute to theANZAC spirit of <b>...</b>
2.95 min. | 4.43 user rating
It features original footage of aircraft from the First World War being prepared for take off and in flight. This was used as reference material for the video produced by Peter Jackson for the film, light and sound show for the Over the Front exhibit at the Australian War Memorial. This video is played in between the audio visual shows of Over the Front: the Great War in the air. For further information see:
9.25 min. | 4.87 user rating
Highlights from one of the world's most beautiful city's Sydney in Australia. We take a look at some of the places, scenery and monuments of this stunningly amazing city. Come with me and my best friend Keenan as we visit among other things Hyde Park, the War Memorial, David Jones, Martin Place, the Museum of Sydney, Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Rocks Market. Recorded on 27/04/08 Enjoy the visit. Loads to see and do in this great city.
6.63 min. | 4.58 user rating
Two conservators for the Australian War Memorial remove the left sponson of the British Mark IV female tank nick named "Grit". This is the first time this sort of work has been done on Grit since it was assembled during the First World War. Narrated by Mike Cecil, Head of Military Heraldry and Technology, Australian War Memorial. The story of Grit: The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans, it's first stop was Adelaide in September and after a public naming competition the name 'Grit' was bestowed on the tank by Lady Galway, the wife of the South Australian Governor. The tank then moved onto Melbourne and was exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Show where it was just as popular as it was in Adelaide. In October the tank was railed to Sydney for display. An admission charge of eleven shillings was made for adults and three pence for children. For the sum of ten pound ten shillings a ride around a specially constructed circuit could be purchased and for five pound five shillings the tank could be inspected at close hand. The tank was used in few displays during 1919 and was placed in storage in the Army engineering depot in South Melbourne and later transferred to the Australian War Museum. Eventually Grit was moved to Canberra and is now on display in ANZAC Hall at the Australian War Memorial. The tank was commanded by Captain NL Brown.
5.18 min. | 4.98 user rating
All photos are graves of Diggers killed at Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Middle East in WW1. Music is Sgt. Mackenzie.
4.00 min. | 4.77 user rating
Performed by Australian Girls Choir at the Australian War Memorial at Canberra. Have heard their singing in Qantas TVC, but first time in real life. They sing so well!
2.93 min. | 4.73 user rating Picture Australia is a digital resource discovery tool that presents over 1.5 million photographs, artworks, objects, maps and works of art over the internet. A one stop shop to search great cultural institutions for Australian images. The Picture Australia service is hosted by the National Library of Australia. http You can play your part in telling the full story by contributing your images to help enrich Picture Australia's collection! The video includes short interviews with: Catherine Martin discussing the importance of Picture Australia in her research for the production design of the film 'Australia'. The Senior Curator of Photographs from the Australian War Memorial discussing the organisational benefits of participating in Picture Australia. A contributing photographer discussing the benefits of participating as an individual.
9.85 min. | 5.0 user rating

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