Grant funding for Cardwell commemorative project

The Battle of the Coral Sea memorial in Cardwell continues to grow, with grant funding that will see two additional plaques added to the RAAF Memorial Wall.

Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Royal Australian Air Force Association Townsville Branch has received $752 in funding through the Saluting Their Service grants program to honour those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

“Having just recently hosting the 75th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Cardwell community, along with the RAAF Association Townsville, will be pleased to hear of the grant funding for additional plaques for the RAAF Memorial Wall,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said the two plaques will honour the 18 crew members who lost their lives when two Catalinas were shot down during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

“This funding will help the local community continue to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our values and freedoms.

“As a community, it is so important that we also teach future generations about our military history, and the importance of reflecting on the price we have paid for our values and freedoms.”

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.

Senator Macdonald he encouraged any local community organisations interested in applying for funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program to contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Commemorative Grants team on 1800 026 185 or email [email protected].

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