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A stamp of honour for Australian Service in Korea.

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DVA 37 Monday 17 April, 2000

A Stamp of Honour for Australian Service in Korea

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, this evening launched a new stamp from Australia Post, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

Mr Scott officially released the stamp at the National Korean War Veterans’ Reunion Reception in the Great Hall at Parliament House, attended by almost 2000 veterans and their guests.

"Australia Post, on behalf of the nation, has made a magnificent gesture to honour the 17 000 Australians who served in Korea and the 339 who lost their lives in the war," Mr Scott said.

"The launch of this stamp, coupled with tomorrow’s dedication of the Australian National Korean War Memorial, should lead to renewed interest in the Korean War and, more particularly, in the men and women who served in that conflict."

The stamp features the harsh landscape well-known to veterans of the Korean campaign and a sweeping line representing the 38th Parallel.

It also shows the three campaign medals awarded during the war: the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp ‘Korea’; the Korea Medal; and the United Nations Service Medal with Clasp ‘Korea’.

Mr Scott said a complimentary first day issue of the stamp was presented to all Korean War veterans attending the reception.

Media contact: Mark Croxford 02 6277 7820 or 0401 145 787

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