Peacekeeping Memorial committee on track
- Saturday 18 February 2006

A committee was elected on February 15 to further develop the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project. In addition to the normal office bearers, representatives of the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal Police, the RSL, the United Nations Association of Australia, the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association, and the United Nations Police Association of Australia are included on the committee.

The meeting agreed that the vision for the project was to create a living national memorial that will appropriately acknowledge the sacrifice of Australian peacekeepers in the service of international peace and security, will recognise the courage and professionalism of Australian Peacekeepers in the face of the particular challenges of their missions, and that will be the focus for the continuing positive contribution by Australia to international peacekeeping.

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project is to be a public non-profit organisation established under a constitution as a business incorporated in the ACT. It is proposed to encourage wide membership of the APMP to include individuals, the Australian Defence Force, Federal and State Police organisations, Peacekeeping Veterans, the Ex Services Organisations, other interested groups and organisations, and Australian corporate industry. A website is to be established soon and it is anticipated that there will be a media launch of the APMP by mid 2006.

The target is to erect the Memorial on ANZAC Parade, Canberra by United Nations Day on October 24, 2008.

For more information, call Major General Tim Ford, AO (Retd),
Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Committee
02 8394 9161