Mar 06, 2024

Grants honour our veterans and preserve history

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According to the 2021 Census of Population and Housing, more than half a million Australians (581,000) had served, or were currently serving, in the ADF. [Source: Shutterstock]

Ninety community organisations, ex-service organisations, schools, and councils across Australia will receive a share in more than $1 million in grants through the latest round of the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

These grants support essential local projects that commemorate the enduring service and sacrifices of our veterans and preserve Australia’s rich military history.

Grants have been awarded to large-scale projects such as the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, which will host a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community, through to local activities such as renovations and upgrades to the Soldiers Room at Mount Morgan Citizen’s Club.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Matt Keogh said these grants support local communities undertake projects that recognise and commemorate the service and sacrifice of our Defence personnel, veterans and their families.

“Many older communities around Australia have cenotaphs and memorials dating back to World War I, but as an ever growing country we need to ensure Australia’s history is understood, and modern conflicts, and the service of modern veterans is recognised.”

There are several significant commemorations in 2024, including the 25th Anniversary of INTERFET and the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Veterans & Families Counselling provides 24/7 free confidential crisis support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families on 1800 011 046 or openarms.gov.au.

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