Department of Defence

Thousands attend opening of new war memorial

AUSTRALIA'S newest war memorial has opened in far north Queensland to honour the 39 diggers who have been killed in Afghanistan.

Thousands of people attended the opening of the Avenue of Honour memorial at Lake Tinaroo at Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands.

Private Ben Chuck, one of three commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, was from Yungaburra.

His family tirelessly campaigned to raise the $300,000 needed to build the memorial, which many people say is a place of healing and closure.

The memorial was formally opened during a ceremony attended by Defence chief General David Hurley, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Read more at ABC news online.



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