The Anzac Centenary is about respectfully honouring the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform, while creating a lasting legacy for all Australians.
The Anzac Centenary is a programme of national significance and at the first meeting of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board on 14 October 2011, the Board resolved that a motif for the Anzac Centenary should be developed for consideration by Government.
The development of a motif was also proposed by the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary, which included former Prime Ministers the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, PC, AC, CH and the Honourable Bob Hawke, AC. In its report to the then Government the Commission recommended “…an instantly recognisable motif…that conveys an overall theme should be attached to the centenary program.”
Any motif representing the commemorative period needs to have wide resonance, be readily understood by a broad cross section of the community and appropriately reflect the significance of the Centenary.
Consultation was held in both regional parts of the country along with capital cities, and consisted of the public, current serving personnel and veterans.