THE HON MATT KEOGH MP
Minister for VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL
15 August 2023
78th Anniversary of victory in the pacific
On this day in 1945, the Second World War came to an end, with Japan giving its unconditional surrender to the Allies, some three months after the end of the War in Europe.
The news of the end of the war came to Australians via the airwaves, with then Prime Minister Ben Chifley declaring:
“Fellow citizens, the war is over….
Let us remember those whose lives were given that we may enjoy this glorious moment and may look forward to a peace which they have won for us. Let us remember those whose thoughts, with proud sorrow, turn towards gallant, loved ones who will not come back. On behalf of the people and the Government of Australia I offer humble thanks to the fighting men of the United Nations whose gallantry, sacrifice and devotion to duty have brought us to victory.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Matt Keogh, paid his respects to the nearly one million men and women who served during the war, and acknowledged the significant contribution of all Australians.
“We remember the courageous efforts on the home front, Australians banding together to defend our country and to support our neighbours in the region,” Minister Keogh said.
“On this Victory in the Pacific Day, let us reflect on the courage and sacrifices made by those who served and remember the 40,000 Australians that never made it back home to their families,” Minister Keogh said.
“Today's commemoration is a sombre reminder of the huge loss endured by Australia during the Second World War.”
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