Monday, July 27, marked the 67th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice between the UN and communist forces.
We remember the 17,000 Australians who fought in defence of South Korea between 1950 and 1953, and those who remained in Korea until 1957 as part of a multi-nation peacekeeping force.
I paused to remember our soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses who made an important contribution to the international effort to defend South Korea and furthered our nation's reputation as an important ally.
I thank all those veterans and their families for their service and I honour those 350 Australians who tragically lost their lives in this war - Lest We Forget.
Australian of the Year
This is the last week residents can nominate a colleague, neighbour or community member for an 2021 Australian of the Year Award.
This year has been a year in which the generous acts of Australians have really shone. Just think of the volunteer rural firefighters who defended life and property from the bushfires; or the doctors, nurses and aged care workers who show up to work every day in environments more at risk from COVID-19.
Or the many people and organisations who volunteered to help out our farmers in many ways during the recent drought.
Nominate someone in one of these categories: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero at https://australianoftheyear.org.au/nominate/.