Sir Peter Cosgrove served as the 26th Governor-General of Australia from 2014 to 2019. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Sir Peter fought in the Vietnam War, receiving the Military Cross in 1971. Sir Peter’s lifetime of service has included roles as the Chief of Army, Chief of the Defence Force, and as commander of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET).
I strongly endorse and support Lest We Forget: An Anzac Day Tribute and am pleased to accept the invitation from The Australian Remembrance Foundation to serve as Patron.
The Australian Remembrance Foundation in its organisation and vision have enhanced and expanded the commemoration of Anzac Day.
Lest We Forget ~ An Anzac Day Tribute complements traditional Dawn Services and the Anzac Day March and commemorates through music, poetry, reflection and ceremony all the Fallen in service for our country, as well as returned and current servicemen and women.
As with Anzac Dawn Services, this commemoration includes a Procession of Flags, the singing of the New Zealand and Australian National Anthems, The Ode, The Last Post, a Minute’s Silence and a time for reflection and prayer.
This commemoration however, has a significant emphasis on music and poetry from the First World War down to today and is a powerful medium especially to remember the Fallen.
Lest We Forget ~ An Anzac Day Tribute is bringing together some of the best of Australia’s military and civilian musicians for a united commemoration and also provides a worthy occasion to raise awareness and funds for Veterans’ charities including Legacy and the RSL.
I hope many Australians will join me in supporting The Australian Remembrance Foundation and Lest We Forget ~ An Anzac Day Tribute.
General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove
AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd)
Born into an Army family, Peter Cosgrove attended Waverley College in Sydney before graduating from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968. His first deployment was in Malaysia with the 1st Battalion RAR and later in Vietnam he commanded an infantry platoon.
Sir Peter served as Commander of INTERFET in East Timor in 1999 overseeing that country’s transition to independence. Then promoted to Chief of Army and later Chief of the Australian Defence Force. He retired from the ADF in 2005 serving on several boards before becoming a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General in 2014 and serving until June 2019. Sir Peter was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen in August 2019.