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The Spirit of ANZAC Mick Veloski A living member of the RAAF 1941-1946 fought for Australia in Timor alongside Former Prime minister Whitlam

24 April, 20:58
The Spirit of ANZAC   Mick Veloski A living member of the RAAF 1941-1946 fought for Australia in Timor alongside Former Prime minister  Whitlam

In the dawn of the ANZAC Day as a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand which broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping  we are having a conversation with Mick Veloski a living  member of the Royal Australian Air Force.

 

Mick Veloski was born  in the village Gratche Aegean Macedonia in 1924 near Kostur

He migrated to Perth Western  Australia when he was just 10 years old . The events of the war and the love for Australia made him join the Australian  Army as a volunteer.

According to Mick 40% of the Macedonian Australians joined the Australian Army.

Mick Veloski holding a photo of his younger self  23 April 2018 at his house in Sans Souci NSW 

He put his hand up  and joined  the Royal Austral Air force in Western Australia. After 2 months of Service  he was sent to Sydney's Ultimo Technical College where he studied Electrical Engineering and Radio Telecommunications. He does further studies in Melbourne. He was posted to Adelaide then Darwin from where he is deployed in Dutch Timor. He spends the rest of the war at Pen Fui Airstrip till 1946 from where is sent back to Darwin then to Sydney Adelaide and back to Perth Western Australia.

He has a lot of  memories of the war in Timor - but the ones that he remembers the most were the Japanese soldiers retreating, and the friendship with the former Prime Minister of Australia Hon. Gough Whitlam who was serving at the same airbase.

Whitlam wanted to be a pilot but could not do it because of his height. He could not fit in the fighter planes remembers Mick. He had settle for a navigator in the bomber planes.

After the war finished Mick has served the Australian and the Macedonian Community in Australia.

He is involved in the first Australian Macedonian organisation in Perth called Edinstvo- Unity in 1941 followed by Avstralisko Makedonski Naroden Sojuz. He is a broad caster of the first Australian Macedonian Radio and involved in the Macedonian Paper in Asutralia - Makedonska Iskra with Ilia Malkov ,Kiro Angelkov i Stojan Srbinov.

He was involved in the fund raiser towards building the State Hospital in Skopje a joint effort of Macedonians living in Australia , US and Canada

Mick's Message today is there should only one race - A humanity and all people should be equal on this planet

 

LEST WE FORGET

source: Шило

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