PAST DUES: John Shanahan is urging veterans to seek unclaimed medals.
PAST DUES: John Shanahan is urging veterans to seek unclaimed medals. Supplied

Honours go by the bye

REMEMBRANCE Day is being used to remind national servicemen they may be eligible to claim medals acknowledging their service.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the first post-Second World War national service intake and National Servicemen's Association Gold Coast South Twin Towns vice president John Shanahan has urged veterans not to miss out on their medals.

"Those called up are eligible for the Anniversary of the National Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal," Mr Shanahan said.

"More than 150,000 medals are unclaimed and many thousands of these may belong to local veterans."

During 1951 to 1972 about 287,000 young Australian men were called up for compulsory training in the Army, Navy and Air force.

Of these, 212 died on active service in Borneo and Vietnam.

On Friday, November 11 a Remembrance Day service will be held at the Point Danger Memorial, Mr Shanahan said.

Form-up at 10.30am (Qld) - service to begin at 11am.

Call 07 5534 2484 or 0403 971 087 for details.

The Gold Coast South Twin Towns branch meets again at Twin Towns Services Club in the male Anzac Room on Sunday, November 20, at 10am (Qld).



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