Dozens of people's names will be added to an updated version of the Post World War II Conflicts Memorial.
Located off Kintore Avenue in Adelaide's CBD, the memorial honours those who were lost predominantly in South East Asian conflicts including the Vietnam and Korean Wars, and has about 70 names on it.
Recent discussions between the RSL SA State Branch and other veteran groups sparked the idea to update the memorial, particularly to include people who had died as a result of their service in other conflicts, including Afghanistan, and cross-checking for names that might have been missed when the memorial was made decades ago.
Upon cross-checking records on the Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour, a handful of names of people associated with South Australia were not on the memorial for various reasons.
Among them was Sergeant 15230 Jeffrey Max Duroux, a First Nations person born in Grafton NSW who served Australia in the Vietnam war twice - once in the 6th Battalion from June 8, 1966-April 2, 1967 as part of the Battle of Long Tan, and again in the 9th Battalion, from November 5, 1968. He died on January 5, 1969, during hostilities and was buried at Centennial Park.
"The National War Memorial on North Terrace is at the heart of commemorative activities in South Australia, and it is important that the memorials at the site acknowledge all those who have given their lives to protect our country," RSL Anzac Day committee chair, Ian Smith said.
"It's a case of correcting omissions of the past and people who should be on a state-level memorial."
Two plaques that are on the memorial will be recast with the new names and an updated description of what it's about.
It will be unveiled as part of the Anzac Day Dawn Services on April 25.
The branch received $4750 from the state government as part of its 2022-2023 Anzac Day Commemoration Fund.
Grants are available for organisations and community groups who deliver events and programs that educate the South Australian community about the significance of Australia's entire military history, support commemorative activities for all conflicts, and support those who have served our country.
Applications for a second round of grant funding close on March 13, 2023.
Visit https://veteranssa.sa.gov.au/ for more information.
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