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Friday, November 18, 2005

New plaque to honour Nashos

The Mercury: New plaque to honour Nashos [18nov05]

A NEW addition to the war memorial at Lindisfarne will ensure the sacrifices of Australia's brave "Nashos" will never be forgotten.

A plaque paying tribute to the 287,000 National Servicemen, including more than 10,000 Tasmanians, who served their country in the army, navy and air force between 1951 and 1972 is being added to the war memorial at Lindisfarne's Anzac Park by the Hobart Sub Branch of the National Servicemen's Association.

A total of 187 Nashos were killed and 1479 wounded while serving overseas during the period.

More than 150 people are expected to be on hand when Clarence Mayor Jock Campbell officially unveils the plaque at 11am tomorrow.

Branch vice-president Ray Cooper said commemorating and remembering the Nashos was very important, especially to the families of those killed in battle.

Our sub-branch decided we needed a plaque to commemorate the services given to Australia by National Servicemen," he said.

"It's also in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II."

Seven Tasmanian national servicemen were killed in action in Vietnam, including Guy Godden, who died in February 1968.

Members of Mr Godden's family will be guests of honour at tomorrow's service, which will also feature a tree planting ceremony paying tribute to former Franklin MHR Bruce Goodluck. It will be followed by an evening reception at Government House.



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