Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said more than $1 million would be provided to assist the successful applicants in completing projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel.
‘We have a rich military history and many Australians have a grandparent, parent, sibling or relative who have served in our defence forces and have played a role in helping shape the nation,’ Mr Chester said.
‘By funding projects that safeguard our nation’s wartime heritage, we are ensuring generations to come have the opportunity to learn and connect with this service and sacrifice.’
Some of the projects that received funding include the restoration of the National Military and Service War Dog memorial in Wacol, the development of a digital database of Second World War veterans and construction of a new cenotaph to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel.
‘Congratulations to all those community groups and organisations that received funding and I encourage others to consider applying for funding in the next round of the Grants Program, particularly for projects and activities that commemorate the Vietnam War, with several significant anniversaries in 2021,’ Mr Chester said.
The Saluting Their Service program is designed to preserve our military history, promote an understanding and appreciation of the experiences of service personnel and involve people around the nation in a wide range of activities that honour the service and sacrifice of Australians.
The program runs throughout the year, with the next batch now open for applications. Applications for Batch 3 of the 2020–21 Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program close on 11 February 2021. Visit the Community Grants Hub for more information.
For the full list of Batch 2 recipients, see Minister Chester’s media release.
Service personnel and civilians stand in silence while a bugler plays the Last Post during the Anzac Day service at the war memorial in Atherton, Queensland, on 25 April 1944. (AWM 065897)