Plans for a local commemorative service for Vietnam Veterans at Mt Molloy can now be realised thanks to a $2070 grant.
Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the grant, funded through the Australian Government’s Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program, which will enable the Mt Molloy RSL Sub-Branch to hold a memorial service at the Mt Molloy Memorial Hall for Vietnam veterans.
“The timing of the funding will ensure the local community are able to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan – one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said it was important that regional communities have the same access to funding as their larger metropolitan counter-parts when it comes to supporting commemorative events and ceremonies.
“Regardless of location, it is important that we never forget the contribution of all those who fought for our country.”
Senator Macdonald said 521 Australians died in the Vietnam War during 1962-72, including 200 National Servicemen. More than 3,000 were wounded.
The Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program provides one-off funding up to $20,000 for community-based commemorative projects and activities that commemorate any aspect of the Vietnam War under the theme of ‘camaraderie’.
For more information about Saluting their Service grants, visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254