|Veteran support services continue over Christmas.|
Veterans can be assured that access to crucial support services will continue to be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Simon Lewis said today.
Mr Lewis said that providing continued access to support services was very important during the festive season, especially as many of our veterans find this time of year challenging.
"While Christmas can be a time of celebration for most Australians, for veterans it can be an unpleasant reminder of all that was lost – a reminder of the men and women who didn’t make it back home and of those continuing to serve our country far from their families and loved ones.
"I wish to reassure veterans and their families that while DVA services will be reduced during this break, help and support will remain available throughout the holiday period and they can continue to access crucial DVA services during this time," Mr Lewis said.
To view a list of the services that will remain available to veterans, please download the full article here
Legacy Melbourne - Annual Review 2015
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|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" 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 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.