Recognise my son and other fallen peacekeepers equally
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Recognise my son and other fallen peacekeepers equally

    1. Avril Clark
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      Avril Clark

      PERTH, Australia

My son Jamie was killed in a peacekeeping operation just after his 21st birthday. But the War Memorial Council is refusing to put his name on the honour roll because he didn’t die “at war”. 

Jamie was always independent. He told me when he was four that he wanted to be in the army -- and there was no changing his mind.

I worried so much about him, but he always used to say to me, “Mum, I trained to be a soldier, and that means a little danger now and then. I can live with that.”

Our last time to see our beloved Jamie was on 14th January 2005 at Perth airport. Two months later, he was killed searching for hidden militia weapons in the Solomon Islands. 

We’ve only ever been given a badge in recognition -- but I don’t want a badge, I want the 48 peacekeepers to be honoured like they deserve.

It would mean so much to our family, a recognition that he mattered and that he lost his life as a soldier on duty serving his country just like the other names on the War Memorial. He may not have been in a war zone, but he was a SOLDIER.

Please sign my petition, and ask the War Memorial to allow my son and other peacekeepers to be recognised equally on the honour roll.

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    • Chantelle Clarkr AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      I think they should recognise all Soldiers, and change the rules. They are all putting their lives at risk for their Country as soon as they put on a uniform!.

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    • Malcolm Menadue AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      All Australians dying in service of their country should be honoured in some way.

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    • Faye Stone AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      My Father & Grandfather were both died not long after I was born.My father was killed in Japan during peace keeping & is buried there. His name is not on the honor roll so he is forgotten. I was adopted & even if I had stayed with my birth mother I would not have got to know him. The least I can do for him is to make his death recognised. I hope now that it will & I will be able to see his name on the roll. thankyou Avril, you are the best!

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    • julie russell AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      because this should not even be an issue serving for war or peace are one

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    • marie delmar SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because my nephew died on his weekend leave from Afganistan in a car accident and i think he should be recognised as well so just imagine how Avril feels when her son was actually in his defense gear in his defense uniform ready and on site to defend me and my nation My GOD how can he not be recognised i think that it is a true shame of events that Avril has to fight for his name to be honoured. I honour him Avril as i do Colin Delmar my nephew they are our soldiers..Take care Avril you are a gem your son fell to be with you

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