'I'm proud of everything he did for our family and country'
AN ARMY veteran who was killed while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 has been remembered with a memorial sundeck named in his honour.
A dedication ceremony for army veteran Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney took place at the Glasshouse Country RSL Sub Branch yesterday with the deck officially opened by Glasshouse MP Andrew Powell.
Lance Corporal MacKinney was a member of the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
He was killed, aged 28, during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010.
Lance-Cpl MacKinney's wife, Beckie MacKinney-Clohesy and their two children attended the event as well as Corporal Dan Keighran VC.
Mrs MacKinney-Clohesy said the memorial was an honour.
"I am proud to be Jared's wife and proud of everything he did for our family and his country,” she said.
"It's comforting to know that each time people visit the Glasshouse Country RSL Sub Branch, they will be reminded of Jared and of all the soldiers who've served in our Defence Forces.”
RSL Queensland president Tony Ferris said the deck would be named after Lance Corporal MacKinney in recognition of his service and the service of all young Australian veterans.
"Lance Corporal MacKinney was a fine young man - a dedicated soldier who loved his job and placed his love of family above all else,” Mr Ferris said.
"Since 2007, 41 Australian soldiers have died in Afghanistan, so this deck is a permanent reminder of all the battles fought by our young veterans and the sacrifices they have made for their country.”
President of the Glasshouse Country RSL Sub Branch Brian Machin said the outside deck would breathe new life into the sub branch and the local veteran community.
"The deck is a way for us to pay tribute to Jared but it's also the first step in modernising our sub branch and making it meaningful for the next generation of veterans,” Mr Machin said.