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AVENUE TO HONOUR AUSTRALIA’S HEROES OF AFGHANISTAN
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced $100,000 in funding towards the construction of an Avenue of Honour on the banks of Lake Tinaroo in Queensland to commemorate the sacrifice of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
“The Australian Government is proud to support the construction of this Avenue of Honour, one that will ensure we never forget those who have given so much for our country in recent times,” Mr Snowdon said
The Avenue of Honour will follow the path of fallen Private Benjamin Chuck’s Gun Carriage and will symbolise the final journey home. Private Chuck was a Commando in the Australian Army, he was killed in June 2010 with two fellow Commandos, when a US Black Hawk helicopter crashed on return from Kandahar Province in Afghanistan.
Construction of the Avenue is expected to be completed in mid-2013 and will complement other memorials to Australia’s Afghanistan war dead, including at the Australian War Memorial.
Mr Snowdon said that Private Chuck’s family met with and raised the construction of the Avenue of Honour with Prime Minister Gillard late last year.
“Prime Minister Gillard, along with myself, realise the important contribution Australian troops have made in Afghanistan, we value their courage, commitment and their sacrifice in the fight against terror,” Mr Snowdon said.
Once complete, the Avenue will be lined with vibrant Flame trees, which will lead to a sculptured memorial paying tribute to our fallen soldiers in Afghanistan. Individual commemorative plaques will be a prominent feature, each one acknowledging those who have tragically lost their lives in the Afghanistan campaign.
“Private Chuck, along with every other Australian soldier who has served for our country, is deserving of our ongoing gratitude and respect,” Mr Snowdon said.
For more information on the grant programs available to support Australia’s veteran community visit www.dva.gov.au/grants.
Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
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