The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 prompted a significant global response in the fight against terrorism. Australia and our allies went to Afghanistan in a joint effort to deny terrorist organisations a safe haven.

Military personnel and civilian staff from various agencies took part in campaigns across the Middle East Area of Operations from 2001.

Australia’s participation came at a terrible cost. Forty-one lives were lost in Afghanistan and two lives were lost in Iraq and Kuwait. Their service and sacrifice have helped to save Australian lives from terrorist attacks on our own soil.

On 11 July 2021, the Minister for Defence confirmed all Defence personnel had departed Afghanistan, bringing our nation’s longest war to a close.

As we mark the end of our military operations in Afghanistan, it is important to recognise the service and sacrifice of Australians.

A national day of commemoration is proposed to acknowledge the service of Australians in the Middle East Area of Operations, those who supported at home, and to honour those who lost their lives.

The Australian Government, through the Department of Defence, is interested in your views on the most appropriate day to hold this commemoration.

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