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Quick Facts

Established

   

1948

Legatees

   

44

Widows

   

637

Contact Details

Bundaberg Legacy

C/- RSL Rooms, 17 Quay Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670

Postal address: PO Box 251, Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: (07) 4152 5958

Email: admin@
bundaberglegacy.com.au

 

Bundaberg Legacy

Bundaberg Legacy

 
Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists around 70,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependants with a disability. Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today's Australian Defence Force who lose their lives as a result of their military service.

Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:

  • the protection of individuals and families basic needs;
  • advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits;
  • assisting families through bereavement; and
  • helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.

Club history

Bundaberg Legacy Incorporated was founded on the 5th November 1948.

From the outset the need was to care for the many widows living in the area who were socially isolated and in need of some support, which is focused on improving the widows wellbeing and lifestyle.


The Charter of Legacy


The Spirit of Legacy is Service.

The care of dependants of those who served their country; namely
veterans who died on operational service or subsequently, and
Australian Defence Force personnel who died as a result of their service,
affords a field for service.

Safeguarding the interests of dependants, especially children,
is a service worth rendering.

Personal effort is the main essential.

Inasmuch as these are the activities of Legacy,
it is our privilege to accept the legacy of the fallen.


The Badge of Legacy


Legacy has adopted as its badge the Torch, taken from the poem "In Flanders' Fields".
The symbolism of the Torch is explained below.




The Badge of Legacy symbolises in its torch the undying flame of service and sacrifice handed to us by our comrades in war who have passed on. In its wreath of laurel, with its points inverted in remembrance, is the guerdon of honour; that is the meed of those who gave their lives for their country.

IN FLANDERS' FIELDS


"In Flanders' Fields" was written by a Canadian Physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915. It remains one of the most memorable war poems ever written. Legacy has adopted "In Flanders' Fields" as its own.

In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hand we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ fields.


THE LEGACY ODE


The Legacy Ode was adapted from the second verse of the American Poet RW Lilliard’s “An American Answer” written in 1918 as an answer to the challenge within "In Flanders' Fields". The Legacy Ode is often read at Legacy functions, meetings, handover lunches and dinners and at other special events.

Fear not that you have died for naught
The torch you threw to us we caught.
And now our hands will hold it high
Its glorious light shall never die,
We’ll not break faith with you who lie
On many a field


Lest we forget.


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