Backing local communities to honour service of Australians

Scores of ex-service organisations, clubs, schools and community groups will share in more than $1.1 million to help them honour the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women.

The Saluting Their Service program ensures Australia’s wartime history is preserved and those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations are appropriately remembered.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee today announced the 82 successful recipients in the latest funding round, which cover a wide variety of projects put forward by groups from right around the country.

“Our nation owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all those Australians who have served our nation, defending our freedoms, values and way of life, and this funding is just one of the many ways we honour that debt,” Minister Gee said.

“I am very pleased to see such a wide range of projects being supported, including everything from concerts and documentaries, to new memorials and restoration of existing memorials.

“Large or small, all these projects represent Australia’s unwavering commitment to always remember and reflect on all that our service personnel have done for our country.

“Something as simple as a memorial flagpole at a school can be a powerful reminder of our nation’s service history and can help encourage the next generation to take on the sacred responsibility of remembrance.

“The funding is part of the Australian Government’s $32 million investment in Veterans’ Affairs grant programs this year.”

The next round of the Saluting Their Service program is open, and applications can be submitted until 8 February 2022.

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