Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today joined with young veterans and members of the Tamworth RSL Sub Branch for the sod turning of a new memorial to honour young veterans in Tamworth.

Mr Anderson said the event marked the commencement of the construction of the Post 1973 Memorial for Veterans and Peacekeepers. 

“The Young Veterans Memorial was the idea of young veteran Rebecca Linich who believed that a memorial was needed because so many young Veterans were being forgotten, particularly when it comes to those who have returned from recent conflicts and are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I believe that much more needs to be done for those who are suffering from PTSD. They were the ones who serve and served us so we should be looking after them better when they return home. Mental health is something that needs to have more of a focus when it comes to looking after our young veterans.

“This memorial will honour post 1973 Veterans and Peacekeepers in Railway Memorial Park in Marius Street. It will sit alongside other post war memorials including the Nasho’s, Vietnam Veterans and World Wars 1 and 2.

“There are numerous conflicts that are ongoing and do not make the headlines, so we need to make a concerted effort to remember those who are serving and served in them. This memorial goes some of the way for our young veterans and their families and friends to focus and remember them.

“It is hoped that the memorial will be completed and dedicated on 5th May as part of the Centenary of Anzacs 100th Anniversary commemoration.

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