Photo project pays tribute to WWII veterans

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Cooranbong, New South Wales 

World War II veterans at the Avondale Lifestyle Community retirement village in Cooranbong recently donned their war medals to take part in a nationwide photography project to honour Australia’s veteran servicemen and women.

It is a nice way to say thank you to those who have done much to give us the freedoms and the country we enjoy today.

“Reflections: Honouring our World War II Veterans” was commissioned by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the RSL.

Hundreds of photographers are taking part in the project, with the images designed to look similar to the official photographs of veterans when they first enlisted.

The collection will be gifted to the Australian War Memorial, with proceeds from sold portraits donated to Legacy and the RSL.

“It is a nice way to say thank you to those who have done much to give us the freedoms and the country we enjoy today,” said Fennell Bay photographer Ron Bonham. “I have been honoured to be able to create just some of these official portraits and capture some of their untold stories.”

One of those “untold stories” is Vivian Fisher, who stood tall for his photo with Mr Bonham recently at the Avondale Lifestyle Community retirement village.

“When we went to war we were just 18, and now I am 92,” said Vivian as he stood tall for his portrait. “I am grateful for this acknowledgement given to our service as there are not many of us left today.”

Of the 750,000 men and women who served Australia in World War II, less than 14,000 survive today, with most now aged in their late 80s and 90s.