Plaques Honour The Sacrifice Of Our World War 1 Soldiers And Nurses

22 March 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting Victorians in households that were once home to World War I soldiers or nurses to purchase a commemorative plaque.

Minister for Veterans John Eren today announced a trial program that will connect today’s households with Victoria’s wartime legacy, available to select Victorian households in Williamstown, Hawthorn, Geelong and Ballarat.

Many Victorians have a connection with World War I. More than 110,000 Victorians answered their nation’s call and enlisted in the war between 1914 and 1918. The rich legacy of our servicemen and women has been captured and preserved by historical writings, research programs and databases.

The Government has used the AIF Project database to identify 400 houses that were home to a World War I veteran, and is now inviting current homeowners to purchase a plaque to commemorate their property’s place in our history. The plaques will cost $70.

Our veterans deserve the greatest respect, and the Anzac Centenary House Plaque Trial Project is another fitting tribute to our servicemen and women.

The Government will assess the success of the trial before deciding whether to roll it out across the state. For more information, visit Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren

“The legacy of our World War I servicemen and women is one all Victorians should understand. This trial is connecting today’s households with Australia’s wartime story.”

“We’ve identified the homes where our World War I soldiers and nurses lived, and we’re giving homeowners today an opportunity to pay tribute to their great sacrifice.”

“We’ll have a good look at this project, and see whether it’s worth rolling out across the state.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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