Headstone Project Funding Welcomed
The Federal Liberal National Government today announced at Hobart’s Cornelian Bay Cemetery a funding program to mark the graves of WW1 Veterans that are currently unmarked in the Nation’s cemeteries.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester made the announcement saying the Unmarked Graves of the First World War Program will provide funding to help ex-service organisations, community groups and individuals to properly acknowledge veterans’ service at their place of rest.
“Having first advocated for funding of a National Headstone project for World War 1 veterans nearly four years ago I’m delighted with today’s announcement by Minister Darren Chester.” Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz said
“The opportunity to gain public support of $450.00 for each grave site to provide appropriate recognition of service on the final resting place of WW1 veterans is belated thanks from a grateful nation.”
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said “Whilst I have been an avid advocate for the Tasmanian project to be rolled out nationally including speaking in the Senate 18 months ago, I recognise the pioneering work of Andrea Gerrard OAM and her committee in Tasmania with this worthy protect.”
Recognising veterans who lie in unmarked graves is a small yet genuine token of appreciation to a former generation of service personnel who were willing to risk everything for us today.
Our society and heritage has a rich history and it is rewarding to see this Tasmanian initiative rolled out nationally.
Senator Abetz said the Minister’s announcement today in Tasmania is in recognition of the successful Tasmanian Headstone Project.