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AWM Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, delivered the annual Vernon Parker Oration at the Hotel Realm to a large (135) and appreciative audience on 26 May. His words are currently being transcribed from the recording made and will be published on this website when available.
His broad ranging oration was entitled: Changing Times, Lasting Values: the Men and Women who gave Australia its story.
He paid tribute to the men and women who have served, and are serving the Australian Navy and ADF. He included Commodore Vernon Parker, the ANI’s founder, who was representative of his generation of RAN who served so well and so far from home in both World War 11 and off Korea. Details are here.
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