Female soldiers have earned their medals says Minister

Minister for Veterens Affairs Dan Tehan has today called for greater understanding of the service and sacrifice of Australia’s female veterans.

“Last year the Government held a forum with current and former female Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families where our female veterans said that many didn’t feel they received recognition for their service,” Mr Tehan said.

“Many of our female veterans observed that when they wore their medals in public many people assumed they were wearing the medals of their father or grandfather.

“This Anzac Day, if you see anyone wearing medals on their left side it is because they earned those medals and please tell them ‘thank-you’ for their service. “

“As a nation we respect and honour the service and sacrifice of every man and woman who serves in defence of our nation, our freedoms and our values.”

Meadowbank Public School’s project to honour those who served in The Great War also focused on the nurses and local citizens who supported the Anzac forces. Pictured at the school are students Claire Hudson, Isabelle Vagiotas, Ella Hudson-McEwan and local wartime researcher Bernie Cox. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO