Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has presented Certificates of Appreciation to three generations of one Limestone Coast family Alton, Garry and Carl Von Stanke as a formal acknowledgment recognising their service to their Nation through the Australian Defence Force.

Alton Alvin Von Stanke (deceased)

Private in Australian Army from 1944 to 1946.  26th Australian Infantry Battalion.

Certificate for service in The Second World War.


Garry Von Stanke

Lance Corporal – Royal Australian Engineers – Australian Army

Served from 1967 to 1969. First Field Squadron from 25 Jun 1968 to 25 June 1969

Certificate for service in Vietnam.


Carl Bernhard Von Stanke

Lance Corporal – Australian Army

Certificate for service in Afghanistan and Middle East – August 2020 to January 2021.


Mr Pasin said he was pleased to be able to present Mr Garry Von Stanke with the acknowledgment of his family’s service across three generations.

“Certificates of Appreciation are just one way that the Australian Government expresses its gratitude to those who have given so much in protecting our country’s interests and helping to restore and maintain peace around the world,” said Mr Pasin.

“We are grateful for the dedication and sacrifice demonstrated by our veterans’ service to Australia.” said Mr Pasin.

“The sacrifices made by our servicemen and women is not only an individual one but is felt by the family at home too. For the Von Stanke family this sacrifice has been felt across three generations. I’m honoured to play a small part in acknowledging this service to our Nation by presenting Certificates of Appreciation on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Residents can apply for a Certificates of Appreciation under the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program. They are a way of expressing the nation’s gratitude to those who served in the defence forces or on the home front in the Second World War or in wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations overseas since the conclusion of the Second World War.


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