Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is encouraging Wide Bay's Second World War veterans to apply for a special commemorative medallion and certificate marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Mr O'Brien said the medallions were produced to mark the anniversary on 15 August, and are now available to every living Second World War veteran, in acknowledgement of their service.
"Wide Bay servicemen and women were well represented among the almost one million Australians who served in the Second World War, taking significant roles in protecting our country, and around 12,000 are still with us today," Mr O'Brien said.
"These medallions are an acknowledgement of this remarkable generation of Australians who served our nation during the Second World War, and ensures the people of Wide Bay can show their gratitude to those who have served from our region."
Mr O'Brien said it is important that we as a nation to publicly acknowledge their efforts in protecting Australia's shores and our way of life.
"These brave Australians served our country in the far corners of the world, fighting in theatres of war from Europe and the Mediterranean to North Africa and the Middle East, to Asia and the Pacific, and also on our home shores within Australia," Mr O'Brien said.
"Australia can never fully repay the debt we owe to these remarkable 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 the family members of living veterans, to apply to receive a medallion and certificate as a special thank you from a grateful nation for all they have done."
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.