New Patron launches Legacy Week
|For each serving Australian who risks everything – a family does the same. |
|Many Defence Force personnel, political dignitaries and Legacy supporters attended |
the official 2015 Legacy Week launch at The Windsor Hotel on Thursday 27 August,
despite constant rain and a tram strike. Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM,
Governor of Victoria (pictured top left) was the special guest speaker at the event
and also announced that she would be the Patron of Melbourne Legacy.
The Governor said the families of our dedicated service men and women who serve
their country deserve the recognition of their sacrifice and the reassurance of support
for their loved ones.
'Legacy’s service to the community is immeasurable in caring for families of
veterans to minimise hardship as a result of death or injury,' the Governor added.
'It underpins the fabric of family life and the ongoing support of Legacy’s work is vital.'
Junior Legatee Jess Potter (pictured below right with Ron Barassi OAM) also spoke
at the launch about the support that she and her brother Tim had been given after
they sadly lost their Mum, Katy Potter, in 2002. Katy was just 27 years of age and
had served in the Navy in the Gulf War Zones. Their grandparents who are based in
Gippsland, have brought up the children. Jess now attends RMIT University in Melbourne.
'I feel that Legacy has always been there to look after me and now that I am in Melbourne away from my brother and grandparents, they are there for me more than ever,' Jess said. 'I am studying for a Diploma in Advertising and I have just received a Legacy Tertiary Education Scholarship. The majority of my city friends are Legacy kids and Legacy is such a huge part of my life. I am really grateful for their support in assisting my grandparents to take care of Tim and me.'
A special thank you to the volunteers from HMAS Cerberus (pictured bottom left) who were out in the CBD selling Legacy badges in the blustering wet conditions in a show of support for the launch of Legacy Week.
|The milestone event of Legacy Week is the Legacy Widows’ Pilgrimage and Remembrance Service at the Shrine of Remembrance which was held on Sunday 30 August. Blessed with sunshine more than 600 war widows attended the special service to honour their loved ones who died serving their country or subsequently. |
It was a moving tribute with prayers and hymns led by Legacy Chaplain, Legatee Canon Graeme Winterton and supported by the Australian Army Band and the Australian Children’s Choir.
As part of the service floral wreaths were laid by Melbourne Legacy President Legatee Ian Harrison and his wife, Legatee Derithe Harrison. Representatives of Melbourne Legacy Branch and Group Widows Clubs also laid wreaths.
The Remembrance Service was followed by lunch at the Melbourne Cricket Club with lots of people catching up with friends and renewing acquaintances from Widows Clubs across Melbourne and Victoria.
‘The Remembrance Service at the Shrine is one of the most highly-valued annual events for our members and I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make the day a success,’ Ian Harrison said.
ANZAC Centenary Legacy StreetArt Project
|The Legacy StreetArt Project is an exciting Mosaic-art installation created by members of the Legacy family. |
To commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC, Legacy has embarked on the development of a learning and engagement space in and around its Swanston Street offices that will allow the local community to interact and engage with the personal and shared histories of the Legacy Family through diverse media content and activities.
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