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 GREAT NEWS

Great things only happen when those involved make it happen. The NATO Memorial Federation pass on their thanks to all those who have taken part in our 2016 Ceremony, our Chairman and his administrators hope that despite the bad weather you enjoyed your day with us.

We look forward to next year's NATO Memorial Ceremony, many of our previous guests have made it known to us that they will be with us again.

If you are browsing the site to learn more about us, and you would like to come to the 2017 NATO Memorial Ceremony then do not hesitate to get in touch, there is always one of us available to help you and answer your enquiries.

Thank you for being with us today. We hope you will come and meet us all soon.

 

Keep watching this page as we will be making regular updates about our Annual Ceremony and any other relevant information.

 

Our next Annual Ceremony will be held 9th September 2017

 

Updated 08:02:2017

 

 

Visit to the NATO Memorial by our recently appointed Australian Representative


Paul was recently in France lecturing in Paris on the symptoms and effects of PTSD. Whilst he was here he made a special pilgrimage to the NATO Memorial to lay a wreath dedicated to the memory of the 42 Australian soldiers killed in action during the deployment of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The President, First Vice President and all members of the NATO Memorial Committee wish to pass on their appreciation to Paul for making such a visit under very difficult circumstances. The trip to Fréthun was initially by TGV but this was cancelled at the last minute due to a combination of strike action and the unfortunate breakdown of the local train from his Hotel to Gare du Nord.

Not being deterred Paul hired a car and made his way to Fréthun arriving late afternoon on 5th June 2016. Paul was duly invited to visit the UK with our Secretary and British Military Liaison / Webmaster on the 6th June D-Day, to visit the Secret War Tunnels under Dover Castle and the Underground Hospital which saw many a Pilot on their singular operating table. Paul returned to Australia on the 7th June having had a full schedule and many a long day. Paul passes on his gratitude to all those he met during his short but action packed stay. Paul hopes to visit us again next year. 

Paul Copeland served in the Australian Regular Army for 20 years. During that time he specialised in Communications, Information Systems, and Electronic Warfare. Paul served in a range of postings in Field, Strategic, Special Forces, Electronic Warfare, and Force Development. Paul also served on Humanitarian Operations in 1992 - Vanuatu (OP ASPEN) Active service in 1993 - to the Force Communications Unit to the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (OP GEMINI) and Peacekeeping Service during  the period 1995 - 1996 in the Multinational Force & Observers - Sinai (OP MAZURKA). 

Paul holds Ministerial appointments and membership in a range of Veteran and Defence National and State (Victoria) forums. Paul is the former National President of the Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA), a position that he held from 2002 to 2010. He is the Association Internationale des Soldats de la Paix (AISP) aka Soldiers of Peace International Association (SPIA) Australian President and the Oceania Representative, building International ties with veterans from all over the world. 

A link to the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Site can be found on our Friends page.

Updated 08:02:2017

 

 Mr. Stéphane Curveiller is a lecturer at the University of Douai. He is a Maitre de Conferences. He is a master in history.

Recently he spoke on behalf of our NATO Memorial Federation. 

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