11 November 2010

Funding for projects honouring Aussie veterans

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said 241 projects across Australia, which honour Australia’s servicemen and women, will benefit from a funding round announced last Friday, 5 November.

Mr Snowdon said Australian Government funding of $701,892 for Saluting Their Service grants would commemorate our wartime history and honour those who have served, and continue to serve, Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

The list can be found here.

The announcement was made at Footscray City College in Melbourne which has previously been awarded Saluting Their Service grants for research projects involving students interviewing veterans about their experiences in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

“Saluting Their Service grants provide funding to help communities build and maintain memorials, capture the wartime history of their towns and preserve memorabilia for future generations,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Commemorative projects play a major role in encouraging Australians, young and old, to learn about our wartime heritage. Community and ex-service organisations can also apply for funding to support significant anniversaries of wartime events,” said Snowden.

This year marked some significant anniversaries for Australia including the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, 65th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, 60 years since the start of the Korean War and 50 years since the end of the Malayan Emergency. Many communities planned ceremonies throughout the year marking these anniversaries and this funding will help to contribute to the cost of these events.

“Australian service has been a part of the history of every city and town across the country and, through these projects, we can help ensure the contribution of our servicemen and women is remembered and their sacrifice is not forgotten,” Mr Snowdon said.

[Disclaimer: The author of this post is Chairman of the RSL Keep 45 Alive Committee - an initiative sponsored by the Returned & Services League of Australia to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of WW2 also know as Victory in the Pacific Day - which received a grant.]

09 November 2010

Blog's on holiday

We're taking a brief holiday. Sean is on military assignment and both Nick and I are in the middle of exams (plus I'm working on HR 569 in the States - trying to get it through the lame duck Congress).

We'll be back to blogging the first week of January 2011. Have a nice holiday season!