In July 2003, the former Premier Hon Dr Geoff Gallop announced the formation of the ANZAC Day Working Group to enhance Western Australia’s observance of ANZAC Day, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2005, and to preserve the State’s wartime history.
Since its inception, the ANZAC Day Working Group has overseen the implementation of A Grateful State Remembers program. This program commemorated the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2005. Program initiatives included the distribution of commemorative ANZAC Medallions for surviving men and women who fought, helped or dedicated their services to Australia and/or its Allied Forces during World War II; Tell Us Your Story, a program involved inviting people to submit their story in writing about wartime experiences; and Under Fire involving funding of $40,000 for special commemorative events held during 2005 in the eight Western Australian communities that came under attack during World War II.
The medallion was designed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in connjuction with the RSL, and distributed by the DPC.