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The Anzac Centenary

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2018 marks the end of the Anzac Centenary – Australia's most significant period of national commemoration.

The actions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the First World War left a powerful legacy. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, including 32,231 Western Australians. In total, more than 60,000 Australians were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner, making the Great War the most devastating conflict for Australia in terms of deaths and casualties. Western Australians were presented with 10 of the 64 Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the First Australian Imperial Force.

The Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 recognises not only the original ANZACs but also more than a century of service by Australians who have helped shape our national identity.

The Western Australian Government is launching a number of initiatives and events in 2018 to honour our ANZACs and educate and engage students, parents and the wider community in the Anzac Centenary story. For more information, see Centenary Events 2018.

The Australian Government manages Anzac Centenary commemorations nationally. For more information visit the 100 Years of Anzac website.

Message from the Premier: Centenary of Anzac

One hundred years ago, the bloodiest war experienced came to an end. The Great War took the lives and injured more Australians than any conflict in history.

More than 416,000 Australians, including more than 32,000 Western Australians, enlisted to serve our country.

Young soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses and other service personnel left our shores with a common cause. Sadly, too many did not return home. Their actions left a legacy of courage, mateship and resilience and helped shape our national identity.

Western Australia played a significant role in the Anzac story, with Albany the departure point for the first convoy of soldiers to leave Australia. For many of these brave men, this would be the last time they set foot on Australian soil.

The Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 has provided Australians with an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made to ensure the freedom we all enjoy. As the most significant period of commemoration in our history, a number of events over the past four years have recognised the contribution of these extraordinary people as well acknowledge a century of service by Australians across all conflicts and wars.

As the centenary comes to a close this year, we have committed to honouring the proud Anzac tradition with several initiatives and events, paying tribute to our service people as well as educating and engaging the community and the next generation of young Western Australians.

Lest we forget