Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP, has recognised the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service by Mr Allan Bernard Whichelo during the Second World War.
After a 70 year wait, Mr Whichelo was finally awarded with his service medals during a special ceremony last month.
Mr Clare today presented the 91 year old veteran with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in contributing to Australia’s effort in the Second World War.
Mr Whichelo was also presented with a Flag that was flown in the Australian Parliament by Mr Clare.
Certificates of Appreciation are available to those who served overseas in wars, conflicts and peace operations during the Second World War, the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan), Korean War, Malaya Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam War, gulf War and Peace Operations. They are also available to civilians and those who served in the defence forces or on the home front during the Second World War.
“We should be proud of our history of service in Australia’s defence forces in Blaxland,” Mr Clare said.
“These certificates provide important recognition of the efforts of the many Australian veterans, such as Mr Whichelo, who have served our nation,” the Member for Blaxland, Mr Clare said.
“Australian servicemen and women continue to put their lives on the line in conflicts around the world.”
“I urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible to contact my office on (02) 9790 2466.”
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