This year, we mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War. With our last living veterans being particularly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, having so many of our normal local celebrations – like VP Day and Vietnam Veterans’ Day – cancelled, or very much scaled down, has been difficult for many, including myself.
It is incredibly important that we do not forget the service and sacrifice of our veterans and National Service Personnel who selflessly fought for our country to ensure future generations could have the freedom that we enjoy today.
Local veterans have so many fascinating stories to share – and they hold many lessons for us all.
Around one million Australians served in the Second World War and 39,000 Australians lost their lives, while many more were wounded. Our 12,000 living veterans across the country all have a unique story to tell and we need to make sure that their stories stay alive for generations to come.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war, the Australian Government has now made a special commemorative medallion and certificate available to every living Second World War Veteran on the Far South Coast.
These beautiful medals are an important symbol to recognise the service of our veterans.
I would be proud to help local veterans, or their family, apply to receive one. Second World War Veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply by contacting my office on 4423 1782 or emailing [email protected].
I also want to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all our remarkable veterans and serving Australian Defence Force members for dedicating your lives to protecting us.
Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
I encourage everyone to take the time to remember and honour our veterans. Share their stories, memorabilia and photos. Talk with your family about their experiences and the experiences of their parents during the war. Keep the stories alive.
Lest we forget.