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Veteran’s Day message from the Governor General

Veteran’s Day message from the Governor General

To Australia’s Veterans:

Dear all

Today is Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the Governor-General has asked me to share his message to all veterans – of Vietnam and more recent conflicts – that he would have delivered at the national memorial had COVID-19 restrictions not intervened.

Should you wish to share the message amongst your own members and supporters it is available to: download, to share on Facebook or Instagram, and on YouTube.

In his speech His Excellency says:

“Fifty  years ago the majority of our Vietnam veterans had returned to Australia … some uncertain of what they had achieved … of how they should feel about their service … whether they were part of the Anzac legacy and whether anyone cared about what they had done and what they suffered in the service of our nation.

“I want to give a message to them – and to all Veterans of the ADF including those who served more recently in Afghanistan who may be wondering the same things – a message that they should have been told at the time. 

“You should be proud of your service.

“You fought for reasons that your Government determined to be important to Australia and you fought for your mates – our nation won’t forget your service.

“You inherited the Anzac legacy, built upon it and handed it to the next generation. And for that, we are grateful.

“We do care. You are not alone and we will support you.”

The Governor-General and Mrs Hurley are thinking of our veterans and all Australians who may be struggling to cope with recent events. Your organisations play a vital role in supporting individuals and families – a role made even more challenging by the pandemic. The Governor-General and Mrs Hurley look forward to catching up (virtually or in person) in the near future. Either I or a colleague, Tim Grainger, will be in contact over the coming weeks to explore engagement opportunities.

Yours sincerely


Crown & Wattle - Gold  Rob Ayling  |  Director, Communications and Creativity
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General 
Government House, Canberra ACT 2600
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