Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan will represent the Australian Government at the Invictus Games and the 100th-anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Polygon Wood.
In his capacity as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Mr Tehan will support the 43-member Australian team as they compete in the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.
Mr Tehan will also meet the Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mr Seamus O’Regan PC MP, and the Invictus Games Foundation chairman Sir Keith Mills and Chief Operating Officer Rose Hall.
The Invictus Games is an international, adaptive multi-sports competition for current and former military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill in service and will feature more than 550 athletes from up to 17 nations competing in individual and team sports.
Mr Tehan will deliver the welcome address and lay a wreath at the service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium on 26 September.
Australia suffered more than 5,700 casualties at the Battle of Polygon Wood, which was part of the Flanders Offensive.
Mr Tehan will also pay his respects to Australia’s service men and women at a Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres and on visits to Tyne Cot Cemetery and Buttes New British Cemetery.
He will inspect progress on the Sir John Monash Centre and meet with the French Secretary of State for the Minister for Armed Forces, Madame Genevieve Darrieussecq.
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