Friday, 14 Aug 2009

Hello all APPVA Members,

Please find attached a Letter from the Chairman of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Committee (APMPC), MAJGEN Tim Ford, AO (Retired).

APPVA Branches will be conducting fund-raising activities to support the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial; both as an initiative of the APPVA and as our National Memorial to commemorate the service, courage, sacrifice and those who have died on Peacekeeping Operations since 1947. This Memorial will also be a living memorial as Australia continues to contribute significantly to world Peace and Security.

The Memorial will reflect a Whole of Government view and is not specifically a UN memorial. It is inclusive of the Australian Defence Force, Police and other Government and Non-Government Organisations (NGO).

The APPVA needs to get behind this project further by utilising the opportunity of 14 September 2009, as a fund-raising and commemoration of Australian Peacekeeping Day. The date of course commemorates the world’s first ever Peacekeepers deployed into the field in Batavia, Java under the auspices of the UN Good Offices Commission (UNGOC) to the former Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).

Please view the website and join as a member of the Project. Your support will be highly valued.

In addition, we need to conduct a fund-raising activity every year on the 14th September to collectively contribute toward this significant project.

I ask all of you, as does MAJGEN Ford, to please have the Branches in the given centres as mentioned within the attached letter support this project by not only fund-raising on the 14th September, but to also function collectively with other ESO for such recognition, wider understanding of PK/PM Operations and to actively seek sponsorship within your State or Territory for the Project.

If you have any further questions toward this matter, please do not hesitate in contacting Matt Burke, OAM, Deputy Chairman of the APMPC:

For Branch Committees, please advise of your progress toward the fund-raiser that has been requested of you, along with any further development of establishing central contacts within each State and Territory for the purposes of jointly embracing ESOs to assist with this Project.

Yours Sincerely – Paul Copeland.

"Looking After Our Own"

Paul Copeland, OAM, JP,
National President,
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans' Association,
P.O. Box 552,

P/F: + 61 3 5264 8244
M: + 61 419 355 226


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