This Saturday, 15 August, marks the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) and the end of the Second World War on 15 August 1945.
Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips said this was an important opportunity for everyone to recognise and share the stories of Second World War veterans in our community and thank them all for their service.
“Around one million Australians served in the Second World War and 39,000 Australians lost their lives, while many more were wounded. Our 12,000 living veterans all have a unique story to tell and we need to make sure that their stories stay alive for generations to come,” Fiona Phillips said.
Mrs Phillips said she was delighted that a special commemorative medallion and certificate is now available to every living Second World War veteran on the South Coast to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.
“These beautiful medals are an important symbol to recognise the service of our veterans and I would be proud to help any local veteran, or their family apply to receive one,” Mrs Phillips said.
Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply by contacting the Gilmore MP’s office on 4423 1782 or emailing [email protected]. Applications can also be made online at www.dva.gov.au/medallion or by calling 1800 838 372.
Fiona Phillips said local people can also participate in the #OneInAMillion: Wall of Respect project by posting an image of them holding a photo or piece of memorabilia of a family member, or any veteran who served in the Second World War, on social media with the hashtag #OneInAMillion.
“I encourage everyone to take the time this VP Day to honour and remember those who served in the Second World War,” Fiona Phillips said.
“Thank you to all our remarkable veterans for protecting us all from a very real threat,” she said.