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Cpl Max Bree
CPL Dan Keighran has unveiled a
display of his Victoria Cross for
Australia at the Australian War
The Victoria Cross and Cpl
Keighran's other service medals went
on display on February 22 next to
those of Cpl Mark Donaldson and Cpl
Ben Roberts-Smith, in the Memorial's
Hall of Valour, which now features the
medals of 69 of Australia's 99 Victoria
"When you go around and read some
of these citations, it's humbling to be
on the wall with the rest of these guys,"
Cpl Keighran said.
"The memorial has an extraordinary
collection of Australian military history
and I'm very pleased my medal is there
Cpl Keighran also said he thought it
was important for young people to visit
"I just want them to be aware what
troops nowadays are doing," he said.
"We are still in Afghanistan and peo-
ple forget that."
His Victoria Cross medal has been
locked up at the War Memorial since
being awarded in November last year.
"I wasn't going to take it home and
put it in my sock drawer," he joked.
Currently working at a mine in
Kalgoorlie, Cpl Keighran said life had
not changed much since receiving the
medal, but that his new workmates were
not letting him off lightly.
"They give me heaps all the time,
so it's great. It's like being back in the
Army again," he said.
"It's not a hard time -- it's just part of
being in that environment.
"I give it back to them, don't worry."
Having transferred to the Active
Reserve in 2011, Cpl Keighran said he
still did reserve time when he could.
"But I do miss it full time and
deploying and the boys that I served
with for over a decade."
Peacekeepers to go
on AWM Honour Roll
unveiled at the
Medal on display in the Hall of Valour alongside 68 other VCs
Honoured guest: Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson unveil's Cpl Dan Keighran's medal group alongside other Victoria Cross
recipients in the Hall of Valour. Inset, Cpl Keighran joins local school students, Josh Hammond from Canberra Grammar School, and Isobelle and
Hannah Toohey from Mother Teresa Catholic School, for a tour of the Wall of Remembrance.
Photos by Lauren Black
Army March 14, 2013
THE Council of the Australian War
Memorial has agreed to recognise
all members of the ADF who have
died on operational service, includ-
ing non-warlike operations, on the
Roll of Honour.
In announcing the decision to
change the criteria, council chair-
man RAdm Ken Doolan said the
change reflected community senti-
"The founder of the Memorial,
Charles Bean, could not have
envisioned the world in which we
now live, but it is important that
we uphold the spirit of his vision.
Members of the ADF continue to
help define our nation, so it is of
vital importance that their service
and sacrifice in all operations be
fittingly commemorated," RAdm
The names of Defence per-
sonnel currently recorded in the
Remembrance Book will be added
to new bronze panels to be installed
on the Roll of Honour wall in the
Memorial's Commemorative Area.
The current Remembrance Book
will be preserved in the Memorial's
The council has resolved to
reorganise the panels in the eastern
cloister. The Roll of Honour panels
for the post-1945 conflicts will be
relocated to a position adjacent to
the end of the Second World War
panel. The panel for Afghanistan
will then be placed adjacent to it on
the same wall. The panels to recog-
nise the sacrifices of those killed in
operations of a non-warlike nature
will be placed on the end wall of the
Veterans' Affairs Minister
Warren Snowdon applauded the
decision of the council.
"I am pleased the council has
announced these changes today," Mr
"The council's decision reflects
the views and expectations of many
in the community on this important
issue. This will ensure that those
who have served our nation with
distinction are properly recognised
and I know that this decision will be
of special significance for the fami-
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