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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 050-08
May 05, 2008

ANZUS Corridor Dedication Ceremony

            Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will host the ambassadors of Australia and New Zealand at a ceremony dedicating the new Pentagon corridor themed to honor the security treaty among Australia, New Zealand and the United States known as ANZUS, Tuesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. EDT, on the second floor of A-ring, between corridors eight and nine.
 
            The new ANZUS Corridor also honors the 100-year history among Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The corridor exhibits several hundred artifacts that commemorate significant historical events beginning with the ANZUS Treaty to the Global War on Terrorism. 
 
            The ANZUS alliance has existed since 1951. It was originally sought by Australia and New Zealand to prevent a repetition of the circumstances that led to World War II. The alliance has evolved subsequently into a component part of the interlocking system of alliances linking the Western states.  Collectively, these alliances deter aggression and prevent an outbreak of global conflict by creating mutually reinforcing links between the respective national interests and security capabilities of the Western states.
 
            Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.

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