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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

25 April 2006

Australian Government commemorates ANZAC heroism

Australia's national tribute to ANZAC courage and sacrifice, the Australian War Memorial, is a most worthy recipient of the country's highest heritage recognition, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

"I welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and Anzac Parade will be included in the National Heritage List," Senator Campbell said.

"About one million people visit the Australian War Memorial every year, showing the strength of our connection to our ANZAC heritage, a connection that goes far beyond honouring our heroes one day each year.

"Visiting the Memorial is an emotional experience that gives us a glimpse into the lives and experiences of generations of men and women who have helped defend our nation.

"Its commemorative features, such as the poignant Roll of Honour that lists the names of all Australians who have died in war, the tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and the Eternal Flame, help us connect and pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who served in both World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, peace keeping missions and more recent conflicts.

"Their story is at the heart of our nation and the AWM and memorials along Anzac Parade help us share and pass on this story to future generations."

The National Heritage List is Australia's premier heritage list and is expanding to include the best places around the country that help make up our unique identity. The Australian War Memorial and Anzac Parade will be the 28th place to be included in the National Heritage List.

"Our heritage is all around us, in our traditions and our special places. It is crucial therefore that we all engage with and experience these places to ensure our heritage is never lost," Senator Campbell said.

"Also helping us connect with our ANZAC heritage are the first hand accounts of Charles Bean, Australia's official correspondent in World War I and the man whose vision helped found the Australian War Memorial. His diaries and official dispatches are now online, made available with the assistance of the Australian Government.

"I am proud to support this initiative, as it gives us a greater insight into the front line experiences of both soldiers and those who, like Bean and his counterparts, have helped bring their stories to life."

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