75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOKODA CAMPAIGN
The combined committee of the 39th, 2/14 & 2/16th Associations continues to work towards delivering a wonderful Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign at 1100 Saturday 26 August 2017 at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.
The Governor of Victoria is now confirmed as a guest. We have invited a number of other dignitaries and special guests and are waiting on confirmation for those. Of course the most special guests of all will be our veterans who served in the battles of the Kokoda Trail. All other veterans are invited to attend and commemorate this special day in Australian history.
Following the service there will be a luncheon at the RACV Club in Bourke St. Melbourne. That will be open to Battalion Association members and friends at a cost of $100 pp. There is no cost for our veterans. Lunch will include meeting the veterans, an army band, a keynote speaker and Kokoda memorabilia for each person. Bookings will be available shortly through the 39th Battalion Association website http://39battalion.com/shop/ and parking is available at the RACV club.
We have received a total of $19,000 in grants from Dept. of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Canberra. That will go some way towards the costs of commemorating this very special occasion.
We hope you will share this notice and the day with our veterans and friends.
Regular updates will be provided so watch these spaces:
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Merren Stockdale, Craig Iskov, Trevor Ingram
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