Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has presented veterans in Armidale and Guyra with commemorative medallions to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
The medallion, available to all living Second World War veterans who apply, is presented in a display case and is a gesture of appreciation from a grateful nation to those veterans who fought to protect our way of life in the terrible conflict that ended 75 years ago.
Armidale recipients included former Sergeant John Williams, Gunner Alister Pankhurst (Army), Signalman Ronald Vickress (RAN), Flying Officer John Laffan, Sergeant Thelma Dalzell (RAAF) and Aircraftwoman Rita Henderson (WAAF).
“I thank all men and women in Armidale for their service to this country,” Mr Joyce said.
“To have not one but six medallion recipients in town demonstrates the readiness of local people to assist their community and fellow Australians when called on.
“We are forever grateful for their contribution to the war effort and in defence of this nation.”
In Guyra, Mr Joyce also presented Sergeant Ted Mulligan OAM and Leading Aircraftman Donald Cox with medallions as well.
More than one million Australian men and women fought to protect our country and our allies during the Second World War, fighting in theatres of war from Europe to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, to Asia and the Pacific, with the conflict also reaching Australian shores.
Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can contact Mr Joyce’s electorate office on 6761 3080 to apply for a medallion, or apply online at dva.gov.au/medallion