Sands of Gallipoli Commemorates 95 Years
of Anzac History
SYDNEY, Australia, April 16, 2010 - Victoria Cross recipient Keith
Payne encourages all Australians to keep our military history
alive this ANZAC Day and support the Sands of Gallipoli 2010 'Men
of Valour' Collection.
Warrant Officer Keith Payne received his Victoria Cross in 1969
for his bravery during the Vietnam War. Covering the withdrawal
of his surrounded Company and under heavy fire, the wounded Payne
spent hours scouring the battleground for isolated and wounded
soldiers, eventually rescuing forty wounded men.
"The collection contains authentic sand from ANZAC Cove
providing Australians with a tangible reminder of what happened
95 years ago and enabling the qualities of sacrifice and mateship
to be passed on so that future generations continue to remember",
"The Sands of Gallipoli remind us of all that is important
about war - the mates we lost, the freedom we won for our nation,
but most importantly that we cannot let the next generation forget,"
One of the Gallipoli ANZAC Victoria Cross recipients was Alfred
Shout Victoria Cross for his bravery during the Battle of Lone
Pine. Commenting on the collection, Alfred's grandson Graham Thomas,
said "These beautifully crafted products convey the history
and spirit of the Gallipoli ANZAC Victoria Cross recipients and
remind us of the sacrifice and bravery of all those Australian
service men and women who have followed. I am proud to add these
medallions to my personal collection."
The 'Men of Valour' collection ranges in price from $9.95 for
a lapel pin to $195 for a set of five limited edition medallions
housed in a timber display stand.
The front of the medallions bear portraits of the 10 ANZAC Victoria
Cross recipients masterfully recreated in highly polished silver
and frosted gold plating while the reverse shows the 1904 Rising
The limited edition sets also feature an additional replica 1904
Rising Sun Hat badge, a vial of Gallipoli sand, a replica of the
Victoria Cross and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Sands of Gallipoli Collections have contributed over $600,000
to the Returned and Services League to support their ongoing good
work within the veteran and ex-service community.
Sands of Gallipoli products are available from Australia Post
outlets, online at sandsofgallipoli.com.au or
by calling (02) 6123 2920.
Click here to view an image gallery of David Koch from Channel
7's Sunrise Program interviewing Keith Payne VC at the launch
of the Sands of Gallipoli 2010 'Men of Valour collection at the
Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney.