Christmas boost for veterans groups

Christmas has come early for two local veterans community groups, who have received funding in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program.

 Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald congratulated the 2RAR Museum and the Royal Australian Air Force Association Townsville Branch who received $2,375 and $850 respectively for local projects to honour the country’s proud defence history.

 2RAR Museum will use the funds to purchase glass cabinets for the display of memorabilia at the 2RAR Museum. The Royal Australian Air Force Association in Kirwan will use the funds to install new plaques at the RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre Memorial Garden, commemorating the 33 Squadron Flying Boat Crew and the No. 5 Communication Unit.

 “It’s vitally important our community continues to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “Thanks to local organisations such as the 2RAR Museum and the Air Force Association, they are ensuring we honour our military history in meaningful ways.”

 The Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grants program provides up to $4,000 for an individual project. It is a rolling grants program, so applications are accepted at any time.

 Local community organisations interested in applying for funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program should contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Commemorative Grants team on 1800 555 254 or email [email protected].

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