Korea be­stows peace pride

Wanneroo Times - - Anzac Day 2017 - Justin Bian­chini

IT is an hon­our Ron Priv­i­lege will think of with pride this An­zac Day.

The Edge­wa­ter res­i­dent and for­mer Wanneroo-Joon­dalup RSL pres­i­dent is now an Am­bas­sador for Peace.

South Korea be­stowed on him the ti­tle and a peace medal in grat­i­tude for his ser­vice “in restor­ing and pre­serv­ing our free­dom and democ­racy” with the Aus­tralian navy dur­ing the Korean War.

He served on the de­stroyer To­bruk in 1953 and then as a peace­keeper from 1954 to 1958 dur­ing the Malayan Emer­gency.

The hon­our caps off a jour­ney in re­cent years that started when he and wife Denise went to Seoul in 2015 as guests of the South Korean Gov­ern­ment as part of a “re­visit pro­gram”.

He caught a bul­let train to Bu­san to take part in a cer­e­mony to hon­our 341 Aus­tralians killed dur­ing the con­flict.

“It was an es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant visit for Ron as he was able to visit the grave site of his school mate John Han­ley, who did not sur­vive the war and died at the age of 19,” Denise said.

“Dur­ing that visit the lo­cal school chil­dren and of­fi­cials re­it­er­ated their grat­i­tude for all vet­er­ans in­volved in the con­flict.”

The ac­cep­tance of his award, in front of Denise, his son Bren­dan and the Korean am­bas­sador, was an op­por­tu­nity to thank his fam­ily and sup­port­ive Edge­wa­ter neigh­bours.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Ron Priv­i­lege is an am­bas­sador for peace. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d463055

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