Macdonald Attends Moving VP71 Ceremony

Townsville based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald today attended a remembrance service at the Strand Cenotaph to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II.

 ‘VP Day’ or ‘Victory in the Pacific Day’, is celebrated on August 15 every year and marks Japan's agreement to unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945.

 Senator Macdonald said that all Australians should pause for a moment today and reflect on the significance of this anniversary.

 Following the allied victory in the Pacific, the Second World War was effectively over for Australia.

 “On a day such as this we honour the Australian men and women who fought with courage and determination to protect peace and freedom for us all.”

 The VP71 services are particularly significant for Townsville which was a major staging point for forces throughout the conflict.

 “Townsville was a strategic safe harbour during the Second World War, and a staging point for operations throughout the Pacific.

 “This proud military heritage, and our enduring connection to the defence of our nation and our way of life, continues here today.”

 Senator Macdonald said that the moving ceremony was a solemn acknowledgement of all who served, and a fitting tribute to the fallen.

 “Also, I congratulate the Townsville RSL for their hosting of the event.

 “It is fitting in a garrison city like Townsville that the local RSL always acknowledge and commemorate significant military events so that we never forget the sacrifices made so that we may live in peace and freedom,” the Senator said.

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