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$2450 for Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens.

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DVA 113 Thursday 26 July 2001

$2450 For Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, today handed over a Federal Government grant for $2450 to install new plaques at the Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens, commemorating the service of Australians in wars and conflicts during the past century.

Mr Scott said he had approved the funding under the Federal Government’s Their Service - Our Heritage commemorative program.

"The Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens are the resting place of Australian veterans who served in conflicts dating back to Federation and the Boer War, helping to shape the modern nation that we enjoy today," he said.

"The memorial within the gardens already commemorates the service of Australians during the two world wars.

"This grant will enable the Mount Thompson Memorial Committee to install six new  plaques honouring those who served during the Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War."

Mr Scott said the new plaques, to be mounted on two sandstone plinths in the gardens, would detail Australia’s involvement in each of the conflicts.

"Together with the plaques dedicated to our service in World War I and II, these new plaques will provide visitors with a complete view of the service and sacrifice of Australians for more than 100 years," the Minister said.

"This will be a valuable addition to our wartime heritage and I congratulate the Mount Thompson Memorial Committee for its commitment to acknowledging the service of our veteran community."

The new plaques will be unveiled on 18 August, marking Vietnam Veterans Day and the 35th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, the most famous battle fought by Australians in Vietnam.

Mr Scott said the Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens improvements were among more than 2300 projects that have been supported by the Federal Government, with funding in excess of $4.7 million since the launch of Their Service - Our Heritage in 1997.

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