Saturday, August 15, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
The Second World War changed the course of our history and the lives of many Australians forever.
Almost one million Australians served in the Second World War, at a time when our nation's population was less than seven million people.
More than 39,000 Australians died and around 30,000 were taken prisoner during the Second World War as battles were fought across Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, and against Japan in south-east Asia and the Pacific.
The War also brought a foreign threat to Australian shores, with the Japanese bombing northern parts of the country and attacking Sydney Harbour with midget submarines.
The 75th Anniversary of the end of this conflict is a chance for all Australians to commemorate and to acknowledge the Australians who served in the Second World War; those who are still with us and those we have lost.
This week, I encourage each of us to learn more about those who served and their stories. Each is unique and as important as the next.
We owe it to those who sacrificed so much to ensure that these stories live on and that we remain forever grateful to all those who served.