Widows of First World War Veterans attend Gallipoli Anzac Day

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DVA Publications Staff

A contingent of ten widows of Australia First World War veterans will travel to Gallipoli for this year’s Anzac Day Services. The announcement was made today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.

“The centenary of the Gallipoli landing is a milestone of special significance for many Australians as it played such an important role in establishing us as a nation and a people,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“We recognise the legacy and the tradition that our First World War soldiers, sailors, airman and nurses forged, and I am delighted that this remarkable group of widows is making this journey to commemorate such a significant event at Gallipoli this year on Anzac Day.

The Australian Government and Qantas have worked together to support a number of Anzac Centenary activities, including the provision of return flights for the widows to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

Widow of First World War veterans attend a function before departing for Gallipoli