Minister for Veterans media release 5 May 2015.
The Andrews Labor Government will give veterans and their families the support, respect and commemoration they deserve.
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides $1 million to host a Vietnam Veterans’ Parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and associated commemorative activities. The Parade will honour the 108 young men from D company 6 RAR who resisted an attack of more than 1500 Viet Cong soldiers in one of the defining chapters of Australia’s military history.
It’s a way for all Victorians to commemorate the bravery of all Vietnam veterans, many who were unfairly maligned upon their return to Australian soil. The Labor Government will work closely with the RSL and the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia to ensure this significant moment is marked appropriately.
The Budget also provides $400,000 to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families, working with the RSL to safeguard the welfare of the men and women who served our country.
The Budget includes $5 million for ANZAC Centenary commemorations. With these initiatives, 100 years after the Gallipoli landing, a generation of Victorian families and their kids can feel the spirit and hear the stories of a war that is integral to our nation’s story.
The ANZAC Centenary education roadshow, Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance, will be extended. The travelling education program draws on live performances, videos and speakers to teach students and families about Australia’s history at war.
The Anzac Centenary Major Grants and Anzac Centenary Community Grants programs will also continue, giving communities across Victoria the opportunity to apply for funding for projects that commemorate the service of our World War I veterans.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren
“As we reflect on the Centenary of the Gallipoli landings and mark 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan, it’s our duty to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
“These are some of the most defining moments in our history. The memories are forever etched in our national story, but we must pass them on to the next generation of Australian kids.”
“Veterans protected us and it’s our job to protect them. We’ll make sure veterans and their families get the help they need to maintain a decent standard of living. They’ve earned our support – for the rest of their lives.”