12 September 2023

Ceremony to mark 76th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations

| Andrew McLaughlin
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Australia was the first country to participate in peacekeeping operations after the formation of the United Nations in 1947. Photo: ADF.

A ceremony marking the 76th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations will be held between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm this Thursday (14 September) at the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial at the southern end of Anzac Parade in Campbell.

On 14 September 1947, Australia deployed peacekeepers to the Netherlands East Indies – now Indonesia – and was the first nation to do so after the formation of the United Nations.

Since then, Australia has made numerous peacekeeping deployments to various trouble spots around the world including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bougainville, Cambodia, Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, East Timor, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Haiti, Israel, Kashmir, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, South Korea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, the Solomon Islands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Namibia, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Yemen and former Yugoslavia.

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Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Matt Burke OAM on behalf of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association, the ceremony will be attended by past and present Australian peacekeepers and officials from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

After a Welcome to Country, the Peacekeeper’s Requiem will be read. This will be followed by an opening prayer, and then an address to the gathering by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Ms Alison Frame.

Prayers for the nations and for the families will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony, the Police Ode, a rendition of the Last Post, a Benediction, and then closing remarks from Chairperson of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association, Mr Ian Lindgren.

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Peter Graves9:00 am 12 Sep 23

Thanks for that roll-call of Australia’s participation in helping to keep the peace since 1947 around our world in 37 different location. Honourable deployments all – Blue Berets and the sand brown of Sinai. Restoring a country in Cambodia, led by Australia’s Lt-General John Sanderson.

Ian Lindgren9:22 pm 20 Sep 23

I echo your comments Peter. We appreciate the cover of the sacrifices made by made by me and women peacekeepers and their families.
Ian Lindgren
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association

lol following the US into their Military Industrial Complex wars is not peace keeping and neither was Timor Leste, and you know it.

Peter Graves11:01 am 12 Sep 23

I don’t know to what you’re referring. The US was not in Timor-Leste. Perhaps you have confused missions. The UNITED NATIONS mission in East Timor successfully prevented a war with Indonesia.

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