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The Australian Army turns 115

The Australian Army turns 115
At home and on operations, the units and brigades of the Australian Army today paused to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Australian Army on 1 March 1901 and to commemorate 115 years of service to our nation.

In Canberra, several hundred Army members gathered at the Australian War Memorial for a commemorative birthday service.  The service was attended by Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, Chief of the Navy, Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC, Chief of the Air Force and Dr Brendan Nelson, AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

The ceremony included a catafalque party, a colour party displaying the Army banner, and a wreath-laying ceremony for official guests.

Major General Rick Burr, DSC, AM, MVO, Deputy Chief of the Army, extended a warm welcome to the regular, reserve and civilian Army members present at the service.

“Since the beginning – since 1901 – the Australian Army has resolutely served our nation at home and abroad, promoting and protecting Australia’s interests, deterring and defeating threats, and helping Australians and others in times of need,” Major General Burr said.

“We continue to do this today in Iraq, Afghanistan, Fiji and many other places.

“As Army members, we have a shared responsibility to continue to build the Army story – one which has been 115 years in the making, and which is made up of the many individual contributions of our people. 

“This is a legacy to be cherished, and carried forward, by the nearly 44,000 of us who make up our Army today.”

Around Australia and on deployment, Australian Army soldiers held similar commemorations including the readings of the Soldiers Prayer, The Ode, and renditions of The Last Post and the National Anthem.

Imagery of the Canberra ceremony is here.

Major General Burr’s speech is here.

Last updated
6 September 2016
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