Goondiwindi books will salute our World War II veterans

Goondiwindi veteran Vin Collett who sadly passed away in 2018.

Goondiwindi veteran Vin Collett who sadly passed away in 2018.

Care Goondiwindi want residents to help salute local veterans.

Carehas received funding under the Saluting their Service Community Commemorative Grant program through the Department of Veteran Affairs to create a set of books commemorating the 75th Anniversary of World War II residents in the Goondiwindi and surrounding area.

“We need community support to ensure these books are accurate, so if you or a family member who is a veteran of World War II and would like to include a record of service in these books, then we would be interested in hearing from you,” Co-ordinator Tanya Lowe said.

“We are asking community members from the Goondiwindi and surrounding area to allow us to copy war photographs and/or information of their own/or family member to go into the books.

“There will be five books detailing the contribution that each veteran.

“These will include veterans that were either enlisted or were born in Goondiwindi including a book listing  veterans whose families now call Goondiwindi and surrounding area home.

If you are able to contribute to the World War books please contact: Debbie Creevey on (07) 4670 0700 or e-mail debbie.creevey@caregoondiwindi.org.au or Tanya Lowe on (07) 4670 0700 or e-mail—tanya.lowe@caregoondiwindi.org.au.

Books to be finalized this ANZAC Day—April 25, 2019.

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia's wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia's servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

More than 27,000 Australians were killed and 23,000 wounded in action during World War II.

In addition, hundreds more servicemen and women were killed and injured in accidents during the war.