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This memorial is a polished stone monument in the shape of a headstone. It is decorated with naming and dedication plaques, and the insignias of the three Australian military services. It was unveiled on 20 June 2015 by Ronald H. Brown OAM, who was assisted by Anthony Michael. Reverend D. Henry C. Martin performed the dedication.
The memorial is located on the eastern side of the entrance to Inverell and District Memorial Olympic Pool.
[each word has its own plaque]
National Service Australia
Dedicated to all those who served, suffered and died.
"We will never forget"
National Service in Australia
Commencing in 1951 and following the introduction of the National Service Act, all fit young men of 18 years of age began fulfilling compulsory military training in the Army, Navy of Air Force. Until 1959, 227,000 men were inducted for National Service training. In 1965 National Service was again introduced for men aged 20 years chosen through a birth day ballot system. 63,790 men were called up until it ceased in 1972. National Servicemen saw active service in South Vietnam where 200 lost their lives and a further 1,279 were wounded in action or injured. National servicemen also served in Malaysia and other South-East Asian countries. Many went on to serve voluntarily in regular, CMF, and reserve forces. This Memorial is a Tribute to their Service, and their Sacrificies.
"They also serve, who stand and wait"
Erected and dedicated by the Inverell and District National Servicemen's Association Sub-Branch.
Unveiled on 20th June, 2015.
Ronald H. Brown. OAM. JP. NSW Branch President National Servicemen's Association and Affiliates Inc.,
Assisted by: Anthony Michael, Deputy Mayor Inverell Shire Council
Dedicated by: Rev Dr. Henry C, Martin Bingara. (Our Padre)
With Much Appreciation to:-
D.V.A. "Saluting Their Services".
Inverell RSL Sub-Branch.
Inverell RSM Club.
Inverell Shire Council.
Thorley & Sons (Philip Horder).
The members & public who donated to the project.
From:- National Servicemen's Association. Northern Tablelands and New England Sub-Branch Inverell Inc., Hon. President:- Brian Hungerford. Hon. Secretary:- Olive Hungerford.
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