Legacy currently supports almost 500 widows, children and dependants in Manning, Great Lakes, Gloucester and Bulahdelah areas.
That's why, in 2019, one of Australia's longest and proudest traditions, Legacy Week or Badge Week (Sunday, September 1 to Saturday, September 7) is more important than ever.
"Legacy Week is a way for the local community to show support for local widows and families whose loved ones have served our country," said Legacy spokesman John Rooimans.
"Legacy badges may be small, but the funds they raise make a big impact to the lives of those who have given up so much and need us to continue to stand by their side during the tough times," Mr Rooimans said.
While the Legacy badge and its torch are instantly recognisable to most Australians, sadly, many don't know what Legacy does or think of Legacy as an organisation that cares for a dwindling group of older war widows.
Yet, that little badge is a symbol of a proud Australian tradition spanning nine decades which continues to make a big impact on veteran's families today.
Legacy stands at the ready for every Australian defence family, helping them rebuild their lives, as it has done since 1923 when a small group of World War I veterans first accepted a legacy of responsibility for the widows and children of their fallen mates.
Affectionately known as 'Australia's biggest family', Legacy's tradition of caring for more than 96 years continues to reach out to thousands of Australian widows, families and children of soldiers who have lost their lives or health during or following service in all conflicts, from World War I to current conflicts.
"These families have seen their loved ones leave our shores to serve in wars throughout time, from World War II and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq. Many never made the journey home and others returned bearing the physical or mental scars of war," Mr Rooimans said.
"Legacy also supports families whose husbands died many years after serving our nation. All are equally deserving of our respect and support for the sacrifices their families have made for their country.
Legacy also supports families whose husbands died many years after serving our nation. All are equally deserving of our respect and support for the sacrifices their families have made for their country.Legacy spokesman John Rooimans
"This Legacy Week, we only ask you to buy a small badge to help us support the families of our local current serving ADF personnel or veterans who are deceased or incapacitated. The impact of your generosity is felt in the living rooms of the widows and children in your neighbourhood."
In real terms, a $10 badge will assist Legacy with providing after school care for the child of a young widow who needs to work to support her family. Buying a $5 badge will help Legacy to support a widow to live her senior years at home with dignity and without social isolation. A $20 badge will enable Legacy to provide a veteran's child with uniforms, buy school books or support them to pursue a tertiary education.
Legacy badges are on sale in the local area throughout Legacy Week.
In its torch, the Legacy badge symbolises the undying flame of service and sacrifice passed on by comrades in war who have died. In its wreath of laurel, with its points inverted in remembrance, the Legacy badge recognises the honour and reward of those who gave their lives for our country.
This Legacy Week, think about the big impact you can make by buying a small badge, or go online to donate at www.legacy.com.au.
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