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Thursday, April 25, 2024

$1m in community project funding to preserve military history

Community organisations across Australia are set to share in more than $1 million in grant funding to recognise veterans and preserve Australia’s military history in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

The grants have been awarded to more than 80 community groups and ex-service organisations, schools and councils for local projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans.

“Saluting Their Service grants provide much needed funding to organisations committed to honouring the service and sacrifice of our defence personnel and preserving our military history,” said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Matt Keogh.

“The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, based in Melbourne, has been successful in receiving a significant grant to produce a documentary entitled ANZACS: The Greek Chapter, which will tell the important story of Australian and New Zealand service personnel in Greece during the Second World War.

“This year, Australia is also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of our involvement in the Vietnam War, I encourage any organisations thinking about conducting a commemorative project to mark the anniversary to make an application.”

Member for Wills, Peter Khalil, congratulated the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee on successfully receiving funding through the program.

“The documentary film they will produce, ANZACS: The Greek Chapter will bring to life a lesser-known chapter of the ANZAC story. The film will feature veteran video interviews and audio recordings to tell the important story of Australians and New Zealanders who served in Greece and the subsequent Battle of Crete in April and May 1941,” he said.

“Honouring the service of our defence personnel is about honouring their experiences, which are ever more important to the Australian story.

“I know that this project means so much to the family members of veterans who served in Greece as well as the broader Greek-Australian community.”

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