Peacekeeping Memorial Announcement Welcomed - 8 May 2007

Media Release by APPVA

The commitment by the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition to the establishment of an Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on ANZAC Parade in Canberra has been strongly commended by the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA).

“It is pleasing to see both sides of politics agree with the establishment of this memorial within the precinct of the Australian War Memorial,” said Mr Paul Copeland, National President of the APPVA.

“The APPVA thanks Prime Minister John Howard, Federal Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Bilson and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, for their valuable on-going support to this project.”

The Federal Government contributed an initial grant of $200,000 to the project, which is being managed by the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project committee, chaired by Major General Tim Ford AO (Retired).

“The memorial will commemorate not only the service of Australian Defence Force and the Australian Federal Police personnel who have served in peacekeeping operations, but also the valour, courage and sacrifice of these veterans” Mr Copeland said.

“It will truly encompass modern peacekeeping operations, by being a living memorial and fitting tribute to those who have served the world to ensure peace and security.”

Australia was the world’s first nation to deploy in the field on peacekeeping operations on the 14th September 1947, 60 years ago this year, when four Australian Military officers served with the United Nations Good Offices Commission in Indonesia.

Since then, Australia has contributed over 46,000 Australian military and police to more than fifty peacekeeping operations around the world, including current operations in East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Mr Copeland urged all Australians to get behind the project to assist in the development of this tribute to 60 years of Australian peacekeeping operations, which have been ongoing non-stop since 1947.

“Donations have a tax-free status which will allow individuals, community and ex-service groups, businesses and corporations to be valuable contributors to this project.”

Further information can be found at www.peacekeepingmemorial.org.au


Contact:
Paul Copeland
APPVA National President
0419 355 226