A special commemorative medallion marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 15 August is now available to every living Second World War veteran in Monash to say ‘thank you for your service’.

Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent, is encouraging all local Second World War veterans to apply for a medallion.

“Monash has a rich Second World War history, and is proud to be the home to veterans from this remarkable generation of Australians who served our nation during the Second World War,” Mr Broadbent said.

“While the electorate is named after Sir John Monash, a lieutenant general in command of the Australian Corps in the First World War, our region and communities have also been shaped and influenced by our Second World War veterans.

While more than one million Australian men and women fought during the Second World War campaigns, incredibly, around 12,000 veterans who served during the Second World War are still with us today.  This will be one of the last opportunities we have as a nation to publicly acknowledge this special group of Australians.

“These brave Australians served our nation in the far corners of the world, fighting in theatres of war from Europe to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, to Asia and the Pacific, with the conflict also reaching Australian shores.

“Australia can never fully repay the debt we owe these amazing men and women but, to mark their service, the Federal Government is producing this Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration for the remaining living Second World War veterans.

“I encourage all veterans, or their family members on their behalf, to apply to receive a medallion and certificate as a special thank you from a grateful nation for all they have done,” Mr Broadbent said.

Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply online at dva.gov.au/medallion or, for those without internet access, by phone on 02 61918217 during business hours.

The Commemorative Medallions and Certificates will be distributed during August.