The Australian Army celebrates its 110th birthday today, starting birthday activities with an early morning commemorative service at the Pool of Remembrance in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
The service was followed by a birthday breakfast, the cutting of Army’s birthday cake and the release of a commemorative coin, Army’s 110th Anniversary Medallion, designed by Army Reservist Private Joel Shaddock.
In addressing the Canberra based Army personnel and their families, the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Gillespie, recognised that the soldiers and their families are what make the Army work, as both a military force and as a respected national institution.
Lieutenant General Gillespie also expressed his sincere thanks to the Australian community and its continuing support of the Army’s operations at home and abroad.
“We truly appreciate the wonderful support the Australian community affords to our Army. Our people are deployed on operations in Australia and overseas, including Afghanistan, the Middle East, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.,” Lieutenant General Gillespie said.
Brigades around Australia will also hold community birthday events. Canberra based activities, which include the launch of two military history books, will culminate with a public concert, ‘Music on the Lawns’, to be held at the Australian War Memorial’s Western Courtyard at 6.30pm on Friday, 4 March 2011. The Royal Military College Band will also feature a special guest, country music legend Lee Kernaghan.
The Chief of Army’s speech is available at:
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,