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Australian War Memorial announces new website to connect regional, rural and remote war memorials.

As Australians mark the centenary of Armistice this Remembrance Day, war memorials across Australia are a focus for commemorations and community. A new initiative of the Australian War Memorial will now help to connect these important places of pride online.

Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials, will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia, from cenotaphs, honour boards, and church shrines to memorial halls, pools, bowling clubs and tree-lined remembrance ways.

“I encourage people across Australia who are commemorating Remembrance Day this weekend to contribute their photos and stories to the Places of Pride website, to help us build a national archive and pictorial record of every war memorial across the country,” Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said.

“Visitors can search the name of their town, whether that’s Deloraine in regional Tasmania, Gympie in Queensland, Wickepin in Western Australia or Albury in New South Wales and upload their photos.

 “Our call out to every RSL, RSL sub-branch, every community club, every school, every local government authority, every church and faith-based organisation and to every individual is to take photos of your local Memorials and to add them to our national map.

“You don’t have to have a state-of-the-art camera, and it doesn’t matter if you have very little information, just enter the details you do have, even if there are other photos of the same place,” Dr Nelson said.

The interactive online register will also be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial.

“By doing this, what we’re hoping to achieve is that people will be reminded of what is really important in life and to never take for granted the life we have, the freedoms we enjoy and to remember those who have given their all for what we have,” Dr Nelson said.

“These repositories of love, loss and ennobled memory will be proudly scrolled across a giant electronic screen. In doing so, Australians will be reminded of the integral link between the national memorial and its tentacles reaching out to every community across the nation”.

 

Place of Pride can be found at: https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.

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Australia's War in Afghanistan Over

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After more than a decade of battle and the loss of 40 Australian soldiers, Mr Abbott arrived at Tarin Kowt under unprecedented security for a "recognition ceremony" to lower the flag on the war.

The Prime Minister told a large crowd of Australian and coalition forces the war was ending, "not with victory, not with defeat, but with, we hope, an Afghanistan that is better for our presence here".

"Our armed forces and our officials have done their duty. That duty never ends, although our duty here has,'' Mr Abbott said.

Mr Shorten said this was his first overseas trip as Opposition Leader.

"You make us proud to be Australian. This is an uncertain place," Mr Shorten said.

"I don't think saying thank you is quite enough but it's the words that we can find.

"You can be assured that every Australian knows of this and appreciates it and honours it."

Defence force chief General David Hurley said he was immensely proud of the work of defence personnel.

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