It’s impossible not to feel proud of our brave defence forces on Anzac Day, and moved by the huge sacrifices veterans have made to keep Australia safe.
But so many of the things we treasure about Anzac Day will be missing this year – the togetherness of the dawn service at a local cenotaph, a beer and some two-up at the RSL, even the opportunity to give a few coins to the volunteers who collect donations for veterans’ charities down at the shops. So, how do you mark one of the most important days on the Aussie calendar when all of our traditions have been called off, thanks to coronavirus? As well as holding your own minute of silence as light first breaks on April 25, one wonderful way to show your deep respect for our veterans’ sacrifices is to help Legacy continue to help their beloved families.
You’ll probably recognise Legacy as one of the longest-standing Australian charities dedicated to supporting the people whose lives are touched by the Australian Defence Force. Since 1923, Legacy has been providing vital assistance to families suffering after the injury or death of a partner or parent during or after their service – something that’s only possible through donations made by generous Australians.
As Legacy itself says, a gift of any size helps – and never more so than when vulnerable families and elderly military widows and widowers are unable to leave their homes. There really is no better time to show our veterans and their families how much we value them than on this very different Anzac Day.