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From: Bill Krause

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 5:19 PM

Subject: Saluting our Nashos

Please find attached a media release from the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, regarding National Serviceman’s Day on 14 February 2012.

For further information please contact Robert Hardie on 02 6277 3582.

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC

Liberal Senator for Victoria

M E D I A   R E L E A S E

Monday, 13 February 2012

Saluting our Nashos

February 14 marks National Serviceman’s Day and a day for Australians to pay tribute to those who served our nation in times of war and peace.

Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, passed on his and the Coalition’s appreciation to more than 290,000 Australians who undertook National Service between 1951 and 1972.

“When their nation called, these young men were there to train in preparation for an uncertain future”, Senator Ronaldson said.

“In 1951, a nation weary after two world wars in a generation and more than 100,000 war dead remained apprehensive about the future.  The Korean War and regional instability reinforced concerns about Australia’s future security.”

“National Service, with the first intakes between 1951 and 1959, was seen as a vital part of Australia’s national defence strategy.  Eighteen year old men were required to undertake 176 days of training in either of the Army, Air Force or Navy.”

“The second period of National Service was during the Vietnam War, when one in four Australian soldiers in Vietnam and south east Asia were conscripted National Servicemen.  From 1965 to 1972, 15,381 national servicemen served in the Vietnam War, with 200 killed and 1,279 wounded.”

“Today our Nashos are honoured with their very own place for reflection and contemplation at the Australian War Memorial.  It is fitting that their Memorial starts the journey on Australia’s Remembrance Way between Canberra and Sydney.”

“I join with my fellow Australians in paying tribute to the men who served their nation in National Service and to the families and loved ones who supported them then, and now.”

From: Bill Krause

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 6:47 PM

Subject: Captured: A Look Back at the Vietnam War on the 35th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/04/30/captured-a-look-back-at-the-vietnam-war-on-the-35th-anniversary-of-the-fall-of-saigon/1781/

From: Bill Krause

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 6:54 PM

Subject: Death from Above: An Khe Army Airfield, 1st Air Cav, FAC and other stories (Vietnam 1960′s) – YouTube

 

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Subject: Death from Above: An Khe Army Airfield, 1st Air Cav, FAC and other stories (Vietnam 1960′s) – YouTube

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