A special commemorative medallion marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War this Saturday, August 15, is now available to every living Second World War veteran in Nicholls to say “thank you for your service”.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, this week gave the first veterans from Nicholls their medallion and is now encouraging all local Second World War veterans to apply.
“Nicholls has a rich Second World War history and is proud to be the home to veterans from this remarkable generation of Australians who served our nation during the Second World War,” Mr Drum said.
Four members of Kyabram RSL who served in the Second World War were this week sent their medallion by Mr Drum, who thanked all Second World War veterans for their incredible sacrifice.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said that while more than one million Australian men and women fought during the Second World War campaigns, incredibly, around 12,000 veterans who served during the Second World War are still with us today.
Mr Chester said this will be one of the last opportunities we have as a nation to publicly acknowledge this special group of Australians.
“These brave Australians served our nation in the far corners of the world, fighting in theatres of war from Europe to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, to Asia and the Pacific, with the conflict also reaching Australian shores,” Mr Chester said.
“Australia can never fully repay the debt we owe these amazing men and women but, to mark their service, the Federal Government is producing this Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration for the remaining living Second World War veterans.”
“I encourage all veterans, or their family members on their behalf, to apply to receive a medallion and certificate as a special thank you from a grateful nation for all they have done.”
Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply online at dva.gov.au/medallion or, for those without internet access, by phone on (02) 6191 8217 during business hours.