At the moment there is a public appeal underway to raise funds for a National Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade, in my electorate of Fraser. Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to join servicemen and women from across Australia at the future site of that memorial to mark the 67th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping.
67th ANNIVERSARY OF AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPING
Today, Australians came together at the future site of the national Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra to celebrate the servicemen and women who have helped foster peace and stability overseas.
14 September marks the 67th anniversary of the departure of the first contingent of Australian peacekeepers.
On this date, we pay tribute to the service of the tens of thousands of Australians who have since served overseas in fragile nations like Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands and Sudan.
We also reflect on the contribution of those peacekeepers who have died or been injured in service. At today's ceremony I joined with representatives from each of Australia's military services in laying a wreath in their memory.
All Australians should be proud of our brave and dedicated peacekeepers. They go out into a troubled world and help other communities build the peaceful stability we enjoy here at home.
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial project is being funded by a public donation drive. To make a contribution visit www.peacekeepingmemorial.org.au
SUNDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2014
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