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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

MEDIA RELEASE

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Commemorative grants available to honour and remember Victory in the Pacific Day

COMMUNITY groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for grants up to $10,000 that help conduct commemorative activities to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the guidelines of the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program had been expanded to place a focus on the Second World War and later wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations.

The guidelines now allow for a diverse range of projects to be funded under the program including documentaries, digital projects and podcasts as well as community memorials and preservation of wartime memorabilia.

“Commemorative projects play a key role in helping Australians learn about the crucial role of our service personnel and to recognise their courage and sacrifice in the service of our nation,” Mr Chester said.

“Victory in the Pacific Day marked the end of the Second World War – a war that impacted the lives of so many Australians.

“We should never forget that nearly one million Australians served in the Second World War. Of these more than 39,000 died and another 30,000 were taken as prisoners of war.”

Mr Chester said the Australian Government was committed to capturing the powerful moments of Australia’s military heritage as well as the courage and sacrifice of Australian service personnel.

“With this expanded funding, communities can hold their own commemorative service or look at other creative ways to mark Victory in Pacific Day in their home town,” Mr Chester said.

“These projects will leave a lasting legacy in communities and educate the next generation so that the memory of Australian service men and women will live on.”

Applications for the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants program are now open on the Community Grants Hub and close on Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

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