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Wollongong War Widows Guild celebrates half century.



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The Hon. Danna Vale MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Media Release Tuesday 6 July 2004

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WOLLONGONG WAR WIDOWS GUILD CELEBRATES HALF CENTURY

A plaque honouring the service and sacrifice of local veterans was unveiled today at the Wollongong Cenotaph by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Danna Vale.

Mrs Vale said she was honoured to be part of the commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the City of Greater Wollongong War Widows’ Guild Club.

“It was my privilege to unveil a plaque not only recognising the formation of the City of Greater Wollongong War Widows' Guild Club on 5 July 1954, but also the memory of the husbands of our war widows who served and died for our country," Mrs Vale said.

“As a nation we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have lost loved ones in the defence of our nation and have a responsibility to ensure they are cared for, now and in the future."

Mrs Vale said the War Widows’ Guild of Australia had a long and proud history of care and support for women around the country who lost their life partner due to war.

“I congratulate the City of Greater Wollongong War Widows’ Guild Club on a half century of service to the war widows of the Wollongong region,” Mrs Vale said.

“In July 1954, the inaugural meeting of the City of Greater Wollongong War Widows’ Guild Club was a memorable occasion, attended by the founder of the Guild, Mrs Jessie Vasey.

“Since that time, the City of Greater Wollongong War Widows' Guild Club has been an important part of the lives of many war widows in the Wollongong region and has provided care, compassion and support to its members."

During the 50th anniversary celebrations, The History of the City of Greater Wollongong War Widows’ Guild Club 1954-2004, by Mrs Joan Adams was also launched.

“It is important to record the history of associations, for successive generations of Australians to understand and appreciate the dedication and commitment of its members,” Mrs Vale said.

“The City of Greater Wollongong War Widows’ Guild Club has been an important part of the Guild for 50 years, and I am sure it will continue to care for the war widows of the Wollongong region for many years to come.”

Media Contact: Claire Bannon 02 6277 7820 or 0423 781 896