Battle for Australia Commemorative Service

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather

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A commemorative service will be held on Sunday 28 August at 11am at the Ex-POW Memorial, South Gardens Ballarat. 

The formal service will commence at the memorial at 11am.  

The service is expected to conclude by noon. 

Air Force No 100 Squadron RAAF Point Cook Museum have confirmed that an aircraft flypast for the Battle for Australia Commemorative Service will be a CT4A trainer aircraft, weather dependant. 


Service information: 

The Battle for Australia national commemorative service is held annually on the first Wednesday in September to honour the service and sacrifice of those who defended Australian shores from attack in the Second World War.  

The Air Force Association Ballarat Branch will be holding a Formal Ball on the Saturday and a commemorative service on the Sunday of the last weekend in August, annually.  

This service recognises the men and women who drove back the Japanese advance in the Second World War.  

In 1942 and 1943, Australia and her allies fought a series of battles in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. These battles included the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, and the Coral Sea. The aim was to defend Australia and push back the advancing Japanese.  

After campaigning by the RSL and Battle for Australia Commemoration Committee, the first official service took place in 2008. Since then, we honour the service and sacrifice of Australians and their allies.  


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