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Let's 'keep the promise' - Legacy Week

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Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC

Thursday 29 August 2013

Let’s ‘Keep the Promise’ - Legacy Week

Australians are encouraged to buy a Legacy badge next week, as Legacy celebrates its 90th anniversary of service to the veteran and ex-service community.

Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, was in Melbourne today to attend the launch of Legacy Week 2013 at Federation Square.

“Legacy is an Australian institution, proudly upholding the promise to the dependents of our veterans,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The promise of one digger to another on the battlefield to ‘look after the missus and the kids’ has been honoured for nine decades, and continues today. We must never forget the sacrifice, not just of those who wear our uniforms, but of the families and dependents left behind.”

“Over the last 90 years, many hundreds of thousands of Australians have been assisted by Legacy through pension and advocacy support, financial assistance or education assistance.

Today we heard from some former junior legatees - including AFL legend Ron Barassi, current coaches Brad and Chris Scott, Chairman of Toll Holding Ray Horsburgh and Dennis Family Homes founder, Bert Dennis - who have all benefitted from the assistance of Legacy in their lifetimes.”

“Anyone who has been involved with Legacy over the years, either as someone who has relied on their help, or who has assisted with care and support, knows what a wonderful

organisation Legacy is and the power of their commitment to veterans and their families.”

“Next week is Legacy Week, and next Friday is Legacy Badge Day. I encourage all Australians to honour the promise never to forget our veterans and their sacrifice by buying a badge and wearing it with pride.”

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