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Federal funds for Vietnam veterans' memorial

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Ben H umphreys M in is t e r f o r V e t e r a n s' A ff a ir s

8 9 / 6 2 5 December 1989


A Federal Government cheque for almost $200,000 handed over today at Anzac House by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Ben Humphreys, has taken funding for the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial to $610,000.

"Support for the project has been widespread with contributions from State and Territory Governments, local councils and many private organisations," Mr Humphreys said.

"Although almost $400,000 is still required to reach the estimated cost of $l million, the Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee, Peter Poulton, is confident the goal will be achieved by the proposed commencement of construction in early 1991."

The memorial will be erected in Anzac Parade, Canberra, joining memorials for the Desert Mounted Corps, Tobruk, The Royal Australian Air Force, The Royal Australian Navy, and the Australian Army. The Attaturk and Australian-Hellenic Memorials are also located in Anzac Parade.

"It has been generally accepted that memorials in Anzac Parade commemorate an arm of the defence force, great actions, or events in war involving the whole nation and there is no doubt that a monument to those who served and died in Vietnam is in

keeping with this," Mr Humphreys added.

Mr Poulton said the proposed opening ceremony for the memorial is 3 October, 1992, which is the fifth anniversary of the Welcome Home March.

"I am very grateful to all contributors because the money is going to a very worthwhile cause," Mr Poulton said.

In recognition of their contribution to the memorial, National Flags will be presented to representatives of councils and corporate bodies.

Further information: Peter Poulton (02) 29 2671 Media Inquiries: Bill George (062) 89 6152