A memorial cairn at Neerim South will be restored to honour those that have served and died as a result of war following the announcement of a Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant by the Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent.

Member for Monash praised the work of the Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Motorcycle Club, Gippsland Chapter, for ensuring the history of the soldiers from the area who died in conflict are never forgotten.

“For over 100 years Gippsland’s families have paid the ultimate price, with the loss of their loved ones, to ensure that our freedoms are protected.

“With ANZAC Day approaching it is heartening to know that the memorial cairn at Neerim South will be restored and suitably maintained by the Gippsland Chapter of the Veterans Motorcycle Club”, Mr Broadbent said.

Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Motorcycle Club, Gippsland Chapter Secretary, Ronald Kohlman, said the Memorial was there to remind the public of those lost to war, not just the Vietnam War but all conflicts where Australian Defence personnel served.

“The cairn memorial is used every year and serves as an important reminder,” Mr Kohlman said.

Mr Broadbent reminded community groups and organisations that the Saluting Their Service Commemoration Program is ongoing.

“With commemorations approaching for the end of the Second World War, this is also an opportunity for organisations to apply for the next grant funding round to mark this important commemorative anniversary”, Mr Broadbent said.

You can submit your application now for the next funding round, which closes on 31 March 2020. To apply or find out more visit the Saluting Their Service Commemoration Program page on the Community Grants Hub website.