The Australian Army’s 2nd Division marked a century of service today with a national parade at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
More than 300 soldiers travelled to Canberra from across Australia to take part in the parade, which displayed the Colours, Guidons and Banners of 2nd Division Brigades and direct command units.
The parade was reviewed by the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, who praised the members on parade.
“In so many ways the 2nd Division represents all that is good and proud about the Australian Army and the men and women who serve in it,” Sir Peter said.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell highlighted the important role played by Army’s 2nd Division.
“Today is a proud day for the Australian Army as we mark 100 years of service of the 2nd Division,” Lieutenant General Campbell said.
“For a century, the men and women of the 2nd Division have played an integral role in our Army’s domestic and operational efforts.
“It is only fitting that we acknowledge the servicemen and women of the 2nd Division, both past and present with this parade.”
Commander of the 2nd Division Major General Stephen Porter said the parade offered an opportunity to link the Division’s current capability with its history.
“Today’s 2nd Division units trace their lineage to the volunteer soldiers of the First World War who fought with our forces at Gallipoli,” Major General Porter said.
“As highly trained and professional Reserve members, they continue to uphold and build upon the values and legacy of those who have come before them.
“I am immensely proud of all our members on parade today and the vital work they continue to do for our Army.”
The 2nd Division of the Australian Imperial Force was raised in Egypt on 26 July 1915 and deployed to Gallipoli later that year. It went on to become the first Australian Army Division to join the battle on the Western Front in 1916.
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