Education mailouts in advance of VP Day 75th

More than 17,000 schools, ex-service organisations and community groups will this week start to receive a range of resource mailouts to help commemorate and honour the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Second World War, 75 years on.

CAPTION: Sappers of the 2/4th Field Company prepare to blow up pipe lines obstructing the movement of tanks supporting the advance through the oil refinery area at Balikpapan. AWM 128776

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said a pack of engaging historical and educational resources had been mailed out to communities to help promote awareness of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Victory in the Pacific.

“Almost one million Australians served in the Second World War against Germany and Italy in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, against Japan in south-east Asia and the Pacific, as well as on the home front,” Mr Chester said.

“The Second World War changed the course of our history and the lives of so many Australians forever – it brought a foreign threat to Australia for the first time, with the Japanese bombing northern parts of the country and attacking Sydney Harbour with midget submarines.

“It is important that our younger generations learn about, and understand, the service and sacrifice of those who served and protected our shores from a very real threat, particularly as we still have 12,000 veterans from the war who are still with us today.”

The Victory in the Pacific mail-out includes posters, Wartime Snapshot No.28, educational resources to support teachers such as Shifting Tides: Australia and the Pacific in the Second World War, History in Focus information cards and the video series Stories of Service: The Second World War.

Mr Chester said more than 39,000 Australians died and around 30,000 were taken prisoner during the Second World War and in the lead-up to 15 August and the commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, he encouraged all Australians to learn more about this conflict and those who served.

For more information, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Commemorations Officer on 1800 555 254 or by emailing education@dva.gov.au.

For more educational resources and information on the Second World War visit the Anzac Portal – anzacportal.dva.gov.au.

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