Australian national commemorations


Commemorating those who have served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Our work

Our National Commemorations Program aims to provide recognition, respect and acknowledgement to all Australian veterans, which supports DVA's objectives relating to veteran health and wellbeing. We achieve this through domestic and overseas events and the media. DVA successfully delivered The Anzac Centenary National Program 2014 to 2018 as part of this work

Upcoming anniversaries and events

We'll soon commemorate significant World War II anniversaries, as well as notable anniversaries of other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

27 July 2020
Korean Veterans' Day

6 August 2020
Battle of Lone Pine

6 August 2020
75th anniversary of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

7 August 2020
105th anniversary of the Battle of the Nek

9 August 2020
75th anniversary of the Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki

15 August 2020
Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day

15 August 2020
DVA National VP Day Service on Anzac Parade, Canberra

18 August 2020
Vietnam Veterans Day

31 August 2020
Malaya and Borneo Veterans Day

2 September 2020
75th anniversary of Ann Field Marshal Blamey signing the instrument of surrender USS Missouri

3 September 2020
Merchant Navy Day

5 September 2020
Battle for Australia Day

14 September 2020
National Peacekeepers and Peacemaking Day

11 November 2020
Remembrance Day

20 December 2020
Last Australian Troops evacuated from Gallipoli

3 January 2021
80th anniversary Battle of Bardia, first AIF action of WWII

Recent Activities

9 January 2020
80th anniversary of the first contingent of the 2nd AIF embarking for the Middle East

29 January 2020
First Death March to Ranau

18 February 2020
50th anniversary of the Battle for Long Hai (Operation Hammersley), DVA
National Service on Anzac Parade, Canberra

19 February 2020
Bombing of Darwin Day

22 February 2020
25th anniversary of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, Operation TAMAR. 

22 April 2020
30th Anniversary Kibeho Massacre, Rwanda

24 April 2020
Kapyong Day (Korean War)

25 April 2020
Anzac Day

1 May 2020
Battle of Atlantic

1 May 2020
75th anniversary of the Oboe 1 landings on Tarakan, Borneo

5 May 2020
Battle of the Coral Sea Day

8 May 2020
Victory in Europe (VE) Day

8 May 2020
75th anniversary of the Battle of Wewak

10 June 2020
75th anniversary of the Oboe 6 landings on Balikpapan, Borneo

25 June 2020
70th anniversary of the Korean War commencing

Last updated: 8 July 2020

Cite this page

DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2020), Australian national commemorations, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 14 July 2020,
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