The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will lead Australia’s representation at the centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Zonnebeke, Belgium on 26 September.
The Governor-General will deliver a commemorative address at the Dawn Service, which will honour the sacrifice of more than 5,700 Australian casualties of the battle.
The Governor-General will pay respects at the grave of Australian Private Patrick Bugden VC, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for outstanding bravery, and join Australians for the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate and a Headstone Rededication Ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery.
As part of a wider program, and at the request of the Australian Government, the Governor-General will make significant bilateral visits to Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Austria and the United Arab Emirates from 21 September to 3 October – comprising 70 official engagements focusing on trade, business and people-to-people links.
The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove will also have an audience with Her Majesty The Queen at Balmoral Castle, Scotland on 21 September.
The Governor of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, will act in the position of Administrator to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Details of the Governor-General’s program will be made available at www.gg.gov.au.