Construction is underway on a new war memorial in Melbourne’s west to honour those who served in the Korean War.

Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melhem joined Korean Consul-General Mr Jo Hongju, Korean War Veterans and representatives from the Memorial Committee and City of Maribyrnong in Quarry Park today to turn the first sod.

The memorial is a long-held wish of both the Korean Veterans Association of Australia (Victoria) and the Korean Consul-General.

Many Korean War veterans are now in their mid-eighties, so it’s even more important that the memorial be built.

It will respect and honour all veterans involved in the Korean War, their commitment and contribution is borne not only by them but by their families as well.

Today’s ceremony also acknowledged and thanked the work of the late Victor Dey OAM who made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of Korean War veterans in Australia.

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $100,000 towards the project.

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melhem

“This memorial will bring people together and provide visitors with a space to reflect, and commemorate Korean veterans.”

“With shovels in the ground, we’re a step closer to becoming home to Victoria’s first Korean War Memorial right here in the west.”