War Memorial Council: Recognise my son and other fallen peacekeepers equally
  • Petitioned Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd)

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Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd)
Council Member
Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO
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The Honourable Graham Edwards AM
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Mr Peter FitzSimons AM
Council Member
Vice Admiral Raymond J. Griggs AO CSC RAN
Council Member
Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer AM CSC (Ret'd)
Dr Allan Hawke AC
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Ms Jane McAloon
Council Member
Lieutenant General David Morrison AO
Council Member
Ms Wendy Sharpe
Council Member
Major General Paul Stevens AO (Ret’d)
Council Member
Mr Kerry Stokes AC
Council Member
Mr Kevin Woods CSC OAM
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War Memorial Council: Recognise my son and other fallen peacekeepers equally

    1. Avril Clark
    2. Petition by

      Avril Clark

      PERTH, Australia

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March 2013

Victory

We've just won!! I can hardly believe it. Brendan Nelson, the War Memorial Director just phoned, saying "your son's name will be added to the honour roll" -- and I just burst into tears. A new plaque will be erected by September to honour all fallen Aussie peacekeepers. This is the headline running on ABC News right now: "Peacekeepers to be added to Honour Roll" I honestly didn't know if this day would ever come. I'm a little overwhelmed with emotion - for my son Jamie who died almost 8 years ago - for all the men and women who lost their lives on peacekeeping missions that finally are getting the recognition they deserve. I'd like to acknowledge the hard work of the Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association who have been working on this issue for many years.

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.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. KEEP UP THE FIGHT TO THE AWM

      Avril Clark
      Petition Organizer

      I am asking supporters of this petition to consider writing to the AWM and expressing their thoughts. Address all letters to either Ken Doolan or Brendon Nelson,oh and request that all the letters be shared with the committee. Thank you and PLEASE KEEP SUPPORTING OUR 48 FALLEN PEACEKEEPERS.

    3. AWM BRENDON NELSON DIDNT CONTACT US LIKE PROMISED

      Avril Clark
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, well THE FIGHT IS STILL ON. Brendon Nelson told the media he would contact me and Sarah McCarthy ASAP and that the Peacekeepers Memorila was a priority, funny havent heard from him and via the press that he isnt supporting this petition. Our Fallen Peacekeepers are 2nd Rate in the eyes of the AWM, disgusting dont you think. I will continue to fight and may even have to return to Canberra and have another meeting. My meeting on the 12th Nov with Ken Doolan wasnt very progressive, but he knows I am a fighter., Please everyone write to the AWM and put a case forward more and more. Make Ken Doolan and Brendon Nelson your targets of your letters, the more they receive the more they will have to listen. My beloved Jamie was a Proud and Dedicated soldier and like the 277 peackeepers deserves more. His birthday 22nd December, tough day.
      Have a nice Xmas

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. ABC story goes national

      Phil Pyke
      Petition Organizer

      The ball is now rolling and this is now a national story being run by the ABC. A friend of mine stepped forward to tell his story, along with the wonderful Avril Clark - mother of Jamie Clark (3RAR) who died in the Solomon Islands. Watch the story - the ABC Tas piece was the longer story. The story is also being run on ABC Radio and ABC Online.
      Here's the link to the story - please tell your friends it is time for equality for 48 Australians who have given their lives in service of this nation and to sign the petition.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-17/peacekeepers-ignored/4207116?section=tas

      Peacekeepers ignored - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Veteran Australian peacekeepers and their families are fighting for recognition on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Let's aim for 500 signatures by 1 Aug

      Phil Pyke
      Petition Organizer

      We're gathering momentum and let's aim for 500 signatures by the first of August. As we head towards Australian Peacekeepers Day on 14 Sept, the national focus will grow on this issue. Will post more as things develop. Please send this link to all on your Facebook list and let's hit 500 by August.

    8. Reached 200 signatures
    9. AWM False advertising

      Phil Pyke
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning all - I was on the AWM website this morning and found this bit of false advertising - The roll shows the names only, not rank or other awards, as "all men are equal in death".
      If only it was so - such a simple step and yet a bridge too far for those responsible for the governance and management of our beautiful memorial. The National Police Memorial just down the road has no such distinctions and is an example of what a memorial to the fallen should truly be. Please share this petition far and wide - we should be able to achieve some high numbers in this campaign.
      Thanks for your support and please catch up with the latest on the younger veteran community in the Australian Peacekeeper magazine as below

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Who are we standing up for?

      Phil Pyke
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is being launched on behalf of Australia's younger veteran community under the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veteran's Association. A question has been asked as to who are the 48 servicemen and women who have given their lives for this country on overseas operations and have been given a pathetic level of recognition by the AWM - having their names placed in a book in a locked cabinet in a stairwell.So follow the link and read the details of their deaths.
      The Remembrance Book commemorates members of the Australian Defence Force and Australian police forces who have died during or as a result of operations after 30 June 1947 designated as non-warlike service, and its equivalent, including Hazardous service or Peacekeeping service or humanitarian Peacetime service (AWM website)
      Please share the link to the petition with your friends either via email or Facebook and let's get some large numbers on this petition to present to Government about rectifying this inequity.

    12. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Shaun Spain AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      :)::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: So happy for Avril, her family and all the ADF personnel who now will be recognised.

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    • Pina Moschione WEST PENNANT HILLS, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Even though I personally have not had a family member serve or die in the armed forces, I strongly believe in what's right and just.

      So many have served our country, whether bearing a gun in combat, or a tool helping the peacekeeping efforts.

      All need to be recognised for their courage, beliefs and support in helping to make the world we live in a safer place.

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    • MARY DONOVAN AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      These soldiers should be recognised

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    • natalie stewart SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      These brave Australians soldiers died in our name, in the line of duty and for the preservation of peace! It is incomprehensible that they are not honoured for risking their lives and paying the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. The 48 peacekeepers should be remembered and honoured for their service to Australia and in the name of peace!. God bless all our Australian servicemen and women and their families.

      My son is currently serving in Afghanistan it is in a mentoring role.

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    • Kathleen Casey AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      We have three children, all serving members of RAN. One of them served with UN peacekeeping in Sudan, another the Solomons.

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