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Do you know One in a Million?

Women are invited to share stories about those who served in the Second World War.

Australians are encouraged to capture and share the stories of the nation’s Second World War veterans by holding an image of a relative, taking a picture and sharing it to social media using the hashtag #OneInAMillion.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has captured a small selection of One in a Million stories, including stories by women Edith Edwards (nee Cox) about being the sister of a prisoner of war, and Vivian Bullwinkle AO, a nurse who survived an attack by the Japanese after 21 nurses were marched into the sea.

Women have many stories to share about the Second World War from the perspective of family members, friends, partners, nurses, service personnel, volunteers and members of the Australian Women’s Army Services and Australian Women’s Land Army.

DVA has produced 75 stories, 75 days in the leadup to the Victory in the Pacific’s 75th Anniversary on 15 August.

The women’s stories on 75 stories, 75 days include accounts from nurses, Darwin residents at the time of the bombing, women who lost loved ones and memories from Doone Brewer, recalling her mother’s resourcefulness in times of rationing. Doone Brewer later became Hobart’s first female Lord Mayor, Alderman Doone Kennedy AO.

With Australia commemorating Victory in the Pacific and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, given that it involved almost one million Australians, it is important to share and remember the stories of a war that lasted six long years.

Community members are encouraged to remember VP Day on 15 August by tuning into the national commemorative service being held at the Australian War Memorial commencing at 9.30am and broadcast on ABC after 9.30am.