Harry's star to shine
LONG Tan commander Harry Smith's Star of Gallantry, which he was awarded on August 13 two years, ago, will be on show in Maryborough on August 17.
Harry, who asked for the medal to be sent by post after defence chiefs in Canberra wouldn't let his former soldiers attend the presentation ceremony with the Governor-General, is going to bring the SOG to Maryborough's Military and Colonial Museum.
“We will hold a morning tea for Harry and his wife Felicia at 10am on Tuesday next,” museum director John Meyers said yesterday.
“The medal and citation will be on show for everyone to see before Harry gets officially presented with it in Brisbane later next year.”
The Federal Government reversed the department's blocking of the presentation and now says all Harry's soldiers and next-of-kin of soldiers can be presented with their medals and awards together in the one ceremony.