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Marion RSL remembers 60th anniversary of VP Day.



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MEDIA RELEASE

15 August 2005

MARION RSL REMEMBERS 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF VP DAY

A series of murals depicting actual war events will be installed at Marion RSL as part of a program to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific and the end of World War II.

Marion RSL has been successful in gaining a $1500 grant under the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service 2005 program.

The program is designed to support veterans groups, schools, and other organisations carrying out activities that will help the community remember the end of the last Great War.

Marion RSL, together with The National Malaya and Borneo Veteran’s Association, is planning to produce the murals on solid timber panels.

The murals will feature scenes from photographs, sketches and documents from events from WWII and other conflicts in which Australian forces have served.

Under the plans, each mural panel will measure 3.0m x 1.8m and will be fixed to the four walls of the RSL Hall in chronological order. In addition, donated items of memorabilia will be mounted into the murals to help bring to life the wartime events.

This project is one of a number of local initiatives in the Boothby which I actively supported to the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs under the Saluting Their Service 2005 program.

In a separate project, the RAAF Association (Mitcham Branch) has gained $1000 towards a scheme to allow the group to present books regarding WWII to high schools in the Mitcham and surrounding areas.

The aim is to help students to remember the events of the last Great War and the sacrifices made by many thousands of Australians.

Eight groups from the Boothby electorate gained funding of between $500 and $1500 from the Federal Government under the Saluting Their Service 2005 program.

VP Day was one of the most momentous days of the 20th century. We must always remember it and the sacrifices of the people who served Australia from 1939 to 1945.

Media contact: John Deller on 0439 802 767

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