In Australia it is also a day for remembrance of the sacrifice of all Australian soldiers from all conflicts we have been involved in from then on, especially of the World War II veterans who are fast becoming a rare breed, but also those involved in the forgotten or unpopular (at the time) conflicts like Korea and Vietnam. Participation of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are adding further poignancy to the day.
I have dragged out my grandfather's medal collection today as a way of remembering him and his generation. I really need to display them properly, as now I can't remember for sure which are his. I will have to do a bit of research to find out for certain. the first image is of his own service medals as far as I can make out. The rest are from his collection of medals from all the other major conflicts Australia had been involved in up until 1975.
|Grandpa's service medals (I think): (l-r) 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Theatre Star, Australia Sercvice Medal, 1939-1945 Service Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
|Boer War campaign medals; (l-r) Issued pre1900 with Queen Victoria's image on the reverse, clasps for Orange free State and Cape Colony; Issued post 1900 with King Edward VII image on the reverse.|
|WWI medals: (l-r) Military medal, 1914-15 Star, Inter-allied Victory Medal, 1914-18 War Medal, miniature of same.|
|Coronation and Jubilee medals|
|WWII service medals; (Top row, l-r) Atlantic Star, Italy Star, Burma Star, British Defence Medal, |
(Bottom row, l-r) Africa Star, 1939-1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star.
|Post WWII medals; (l-r) Australian issued Korea Service Medal, UN issued Korea Service Medal, Australian issued Vietnam Service Medal, South Vietnamese issued Vietnam War Service Medal.|
|l-r, Air-force efficient service medals and Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal|