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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 784 Published: 27/8/2002 Title: Saluting Their Service

The Federal Government has launched a new commemorations program to support Australia’s commitment to honour and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, said today.

Mr Nairn said, “The Saluting Their Service program, launched by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Danna Vale, was an opportunity for the local community to become more involved in commemorating Australian’s service in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

“Saluting Their Service aims to build strong partnerships with communities across the country to ensure that people of all ages can become involve commemorative activities.

“It is important that we have a focus for the commemoration of local people and all those who served our nation.

“For many towns and regions, this focus is their local war memorial. Saluting Their Service offers funding to restore and upgrade these memorials, or to build new memorials where none exists in the community.

Mr Nairn added, “The program had a strong emphasis on educating younger generations on the importance of Australia’s wartime history.

“Through Saluting Their Service, the Federal Government aims to help schools, teachers and students to better understand and discover the meaning of our wartime heritage.

“The program also provides grants to support a range of activities, from displaying significant pieces of wartime memorabilia to encouraging younger generations to talk to veterans more about their experiences,” he said.

The Federal Government’s Certificates of Appreciation program will continue, and two new certificates will also be available, one recognising those who contributed to Australia’s effort during the Gulf War and another in honour of those who have served in peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations.

Mr Nairn concluded, “I encourage the people of Eden-Monaro to embrace the new program.

Ends…Tuesday, August 20, 2002.

For more information contact Gary Nairn on 6297 3952