The 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop will receive $4362 for the purchase of equipment and replica weaponry through the latest round of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service program.
The Saluting Their Service program ensures Australia’s wartime history is preserved and those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations are appropriately remembered.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop was among more than 80 successful recipients, which cover a wide variety of projects put forward by ex-service organisations, clubs, schools and community groups right around Australia.
“Australia owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all those Australians who have served our nation, defending our freedoms, values and way of life, and this funding is just one of the many ways we honour that debt,” Minister Gee said
“I am very pleased to see such a wide range of projects being supported, including the purchase of equipment to enable Australian mounted infantry re-enactments by the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop.
“Large or small, all these projects represent Australia’s unwavering commitment to always remember and reflect on all that our service personnel have done for our country.
Member for Groom Garth Hamilton said the commemorative project from the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop would continue the tradition of remembrance, and he looks forward to seeing the finished work.
“I am so proud of the history of service in Toowoomba Region and this project is a wonderful way for us to commemorate and reflect on the sacrifice of all those who have served from our communities. Their future re-enactments will be enhanced by the purchase of replica weaponry and other equipment,” Mr Hamilton said.
The funding is part of the Australian Government’s $32 million investment in Veterans’ Affairs grant programs this year.
The next round of the Saluting Their Service program is open, and applications can be submitted until 8 February 2022.