Chief of Army visits South Australia for Anzac Day
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, has returned home to South Australia to participate in Anzac Day commemorations, meeting with Kangaroo Island residents and viewing the ongoing bushfire recovery works.
Lieutenant General Burr, accompanied by Mayor Michael Pengilly, visited Kangaroo Island today, ahead of returning South Australian-based soldiers who assisted with 2019-20 bushfire operations.
This includes over 40 members of the 1st Armoured Regiment (1AR) and the 9th Combat Service Support Battalion (CSSB) from the 9th Brigade.
On Anzac Day, Lieutenant General Burr will attend the Dawn Service at the South Australian National War Memorial. He will observe the commemorative march past the King William Road Dias and attend an Anzac Day reception at Government House.
Lieutenant General Burr said the changes to COVID-19 restrictions meant this year was an opportunity for Army personnel to re-engage with their hometowns and the communities they assisted through recent national relief operations.
“In 2021, Australian soldiers of all ranks once again have an opportunity to share Anzac Day with family, friends and the community,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“For me, it is an honour to commemorate this special day with the people of South Australia.
“Anzac Day is a day that belongs to us all. It embodies the national spirit, which is clearly seen in the resolve of all Australians affected by recent events.”
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Burr, will be available for interview following the Dawn Service by prior arrangement.
At Kangaroo Island, members of the 1st Armoured Regiment, will be available for interview by prior arrangement.
Interview contact: Simone Liebelt, Regional Manager Public Affairs – South Australia, 0417 887 040.
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