Special Day for Army
Army marked its 121st year on March 1 with music and cake at Blamey Square near Army HQ in Canberra. One of the main activities on the day was the recognition of the Jonathan Church Good Soldiering Award recipients. One of the main activities on the day was the recognition of the Jonathan Church Good Soldiering Award recipients.
The day kicked off with a welcome to country by Ngunnawal woman Selina Walker, before an address from Chief of Army Lt-Gen Rick Burr.
“Today we celebrate Army’s 121st birthday. On this special occasion we take the opportunity to recognise and reflect on the accomplishments of our Army, of those who have served and sacrificed in defence of our national interests,” Lt-Gen Burr said.
“Today our Army continues to do extraordinary work, doing what is asked of us at home and abroad, making a difference.
“As we celebrate our birthday we look ahead.
“We live in extraordinary times and our Army must continue to be Ready Now and Future Ready, with people at the centre of all we do.
“Our mission focus is strengthened by our proud history of service and sacrifice, our values and rich traditions forged though war, defending Australia and serving the Australian people.
“I thank you all for what you do – building and strengthening Army’s story every day,” Lt-Gen Rick Burr said.
The Australian Army Band from RMC Duntroon provided a soundtrack for the festivities.
You can read the Chief of Army's Birthday Message here.