Toowoomba United RSL Sub-branch has received $2689 in funding from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs via the Saluting Their Services Commemorative Grant to remount and frame historical military photographs for public display at the Soldiers Memorial Hall. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Darren Chester announced on Monday 2 July that local communities are set to receive almost $200,000 in Saluting Their Service grants this year which deliver projects honouring veterans and commemorating Australia’s wartime history.

The Minister described the 85 community projects that have thus far received a grant as thoughtful and moving, ranging from memorial gardens, exhibitions and sculptures, to repairs to cenotaphs, reunions and services. “I congratulate these communities, this funding will deliver meaningful projects which commemorate Australia’s role in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and recognise the sacrifice of Australians who have served and continue to serve our nation,” Mr Chester said. “In my own electorate of Gippsland, Saluting Their Service grants have supported a range of projects over the years including a Boer War honour board at the Morwell Historical Society to recognise service personnel from the local area. It’s a permanent tribute to those who served more than 100 years ago and it includes each personnel’s rank, their service number and their unit.”

The Community Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service program provides up to $4000 for each project and applications can now be made through the Community Grants Hub.

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