Liverpool commemorates start of WWII and Australian National Flag Day

23 August 2019

Liverpool City Council is commemorating the start of WWII and Australian National Flag Day with a ceremony on Tuesday, 3 September from 11am to 12pm at Liverpool War Memorial, Bigge Park.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller invites the community to take part in the ceremony.

“It’s important to remember the service and sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces,” Mayor Waller said.

“The Second World War involved more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries and its implications stretch down the generations.

“More than 27,000 Australians were killed in action or died, 23,477 were wounded and 30,560 were taken as prisoners of war.

“Tens of thousands of men and women trained and enlisted at Holsworthy and Ingleburn military camps.

“We commemorate the beginning of this terrible conflict and are mindful that we must never let it happen again.”

National Flag Day commemorates the day the Australian National Flag was first flown.

On 3 September 1901, Prime Minister Edmund Barton announced the winners of the official 1901 Federal Flag Design Competition.

“The Australian flag is an important symbol to our community and particularly to those in our armed services, so it is fitting that we commemorate both occasions together,” Mayor Waller said.

“We are proud to stand with members of the Australian Defence Force, the RSL, local representatives and school students to celebrate the Australian flag and what it represents and commemorate the sacrifices made on our behalf during WWII.”

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