Veterans SA has launched a new website, ANZAC Centenary, to commemorate a century of service by South Australian servicemen and women.
It contains a trove of information about the celebration of ANZAC Day in South Australia, its history in the state and gives the community a chance to contribute their own material.
Personal updates by South Australian school students visiting Gallipoli, a list of community events and lesser known stories of the state - such as the unveiling of the first Gallipoli Memorial on South Terrace, Adelaide, in September 1915 - all feature on the website.
Contributions can include audio and video recordings, written reflections, artwork and photos of people, memorabilia, and events relevant to the Anzac Centenary for South Australia.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Martin Hamilton-Smith, himself a former serving member of the Special Air Service, said that all Australians are encouraged to reflect and learn about military history and its costs and impacts on the state and nation.
“On the website you’ll find many South Australian stories, historical and community events calendars, think pieces by academics, historians and military experts, information on State and Federal Grants and competitions.
“As we learn more about individual stories, often re-told via family members, friends and the community, we gain a greater insight into the impact of these experiences.
“I invite you to contribute to this site so that future generations can look back to see how South Australian’s reflected on the Centenary of Anzac in 2015.”
In 2018, the site will be revisited and all contributions will be captured, with the intention to revisit the material at the ANZAC Bicentenary in 2115.
Connected to the website is a Anzac Centenary South Australia Facebook page, along with an Instagram page (Anzac_Centenary_SA) and a Twitter account (Anzac_100_SA), which will be updated regularly with Anzac Centenary information and events.
ANZAC Centenary was made by Veterans SA in collaboration with organisations such as the State Library of South Australia, History SA, Returned Services League SA, Legacy, the Defence community and local governments.