Australian Peacekeeping Memorial to commence construction - 25 Febuary 2016
Over the last decade a voluntary group of Australian peacekeeping veterans and organisations have been working, under the banner of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project (APMP), on a vision to construct a national memorial to commemorate Australian Peacekeeping - past, present and future. The goal is in sight.
Thanks to grants from the Australian Government supplemented by generous donations from Australian companies, veteran organisations and individuals, the project has now raised 75% of the funds necessary to realise the national memorial as it was originally envisaged following the national design competition. All design and documentation has been completed and a prototype programme undertaken to identify and eliminate any construction problems. Furthermore, all materials that had long acquisition times have been purchased and are now held in storage by the construction contractor.
The APMP now has sufficient funds to complete the site platform and courtyard, including insignia and inscriptions, and the installation of the memorial beam on which all peacekeeping missions will be shown.
Work should get underway at the approved site on Anzac Parade, Canberra in the next couple of months.
The two black monoliths separated by a "golden" lit passageway depicting the role of peacekeepers keeping belligerents apart will then be installed as soon as the remaining $1m needed has been raised. If those funds have been raised by mid 2016 there will be a seamless continuation of construction that will ensure that the memorial is ready for 14th September 2017, the 70th anniversary of the first Australian peacekeepers to leave home to participate in the world's first peacekeeping mission.
We seek your support to both publicise the Memorial's commencement and to encourage all Australian companies, veteran organisations and the Australian community to donate the additional funds needed to complete the total vision. All donations are tax deductible.
This funding will ensure that the wonderful contribution made by some 50,000 Australian peacekeepers – military, police and civilian – in over 60 international missions and into the future will be appropriately acknowledged and commemorated.