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War Memorial Council: Recognise my son and other fallen peacekeepers equally

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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Council Chair
    Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd)
  • War Memorial Council Marketing
  • Australian War Memorial Council
  • Council Member
    Mr Kevin Woods CSC OAM
  • Council Member
    Mr Kerry Stokes AC
  • Council Member
    Major General Paul Stevens AO (Ret’d)
  • Council Member
    Ms Wendy Sharpe
  • Council Member
    Lieutenant General David Morrison AO
  • Council Member
    Ms Jane McAloon
  • Dr Allan Hawke AC
  • Council Member
    Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer AM CSC (Ret'd)
  • Council Member
    Vice Admiral Raymond J. Griggs AO CSC RAN
  • Council Member
    Mr Peter FitzSimons AM
  • Council Member
    The Honourable Graham Edwards AM
  • Council Member
    Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO
  • War Memorial Council Media

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