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New Defence Forces Memorial for Central Coast.



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Minister for Veterans' Affairs

VA91 Saturday 27 July 2002

NEW DEFENCE FORCES MEMORIAL FOR CENTRAL COAST

A new memorial to more than 1.5 million Australians who have served in wars and conflicts has been dedicated on the Central Coast.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Danna Vale, and the Member for Robertson, Jim Lloyd, opened the Defence Forces Memorial in a ceremony coinciding with the 49th anniversary of the ceasefire which ended hostilities in the Korean War.

"It is fitting that this memorial be dedicated today, on an anniversary marking one of the great chapters of Australia's wartime history," Minister Vale said.

"More than 17,000 Australians served during the Korean War, including 339 Australians who paid the supreme price for their service.

"The men and women who served in Korea are part of a tradition spanning more than a century which has helped to shape our nation and has become a fundamental part of our identity as Australians.

"This memorial will help ensure that the community continues to take every opportunity to honour those who have gone to war and thank them for their courage, their dedication and their sacrifice," the Minister said.

The memorial has been built on the grounds of the Greenway Memorial Gardens at Gosford, to provide a space to commemorate the service of veterans whose ashes are placed at the gardens.

"The gardens offer families and friends a peaceful environment to pay their respects to loved ones," Mr Lloyd said.

"The Defence Forces Memorial is an important addition, providing a focus for commemorative events such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and today's anniversary, as well as a space where visitors can pause to reflect on the contribution of those who have served Australia in times of war and conflict."

Media Contact: Rachael Thompson (Minister Vale): (02) 6277 7820 or 0417 265 289 Rana Gidley-King (Mr Lloyd): (02) 4325 1604 or 0414 28 25 24