the king gives the legacy torch relay the royal tick of approval
His Royal Highness, The King gave The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay, a royal welcome when it visited Buckingham Palace, marking the start of it’s journey though London before landing in Australia. His Majesty was presented with a Legacy commemorative torch in the Quadrangle by Australian Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran.
The Legacy centenary torch was lit at Buckingham Palace, where His Highness attended to observe Torch Bearers carrying the flame into the Palace grounds. Also, in attendance were some of the widows and families of deceased or injured veterans who are under Legacy’s care as well as some of the volunteers who provide the support.
The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay 2023, presented by Defence Health has now begun it’s 6 month journey around Australia. To track the torch, download the Legacy 100th Torch Relay mobile app.
ABOUT THE LEGACY CENTENARY TORCH RELAY 2023
PRESENTED BY DEFENCE HEALTH
In 1923, Legacy made a promise to help veterans’ families carry on with their lives after the loss or injury of their loved one. It was a simple promise that Legacy keeps today; providing the same stability, guidance and assistance that a partner would normally provide to his or her family.
As of 2023, Legacy will be celebrating their centenary with The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay 2023 presented by Defence Health marking 100 years of service to those who have sacrificed.
Beginning in Pozieres, France in the lead up to ANZAC Day in 2023, the Centenary Torch will travel around the world, stopping at all 45 Legacy Clubs worldwide.
Legacy in The Now
The Legacy of Legacy
Legacy is one of Australia’s oldest and most trusted charities, which provides personalised support and services to the families of veterans of the Australian Defence Force who have given their lives or health for their country.
For almost 100 years, Legacy has been standing proudly as the only veteran service organisation in Australia dedicated solely to the care and support of our veterans’ families. Over 40 Legacy Clubs across Australia work to ensure our families receive the support they deserve.
In the trenches of the Western Front during World War I, a soldier said to his dying mate “I’ll look after the missus and kids”. This became known as The Promise – and it is still kept today.
The range of services provided by Legacy is diverse with the individual needs of the families of veterans being met through:
- case management,
- referral pathways,
- financial assistance,
- advocacy, and,
- personalised care.
Our Ongoing Legacy
Across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter alone, Legacy clubs currently have over 110,000 followers
In the 82 years since the outbreak of the Second World War, Australia has continued to be involved in operations around the world.
Since 1975, 147,000 Australian Operational Service Medals have been awarded*. Many of these veterans' families will need Legacy's support in the decades ahead.
Approximately, 6,000 people transition from the ADF nationally each year*
In 2020, 70% more veterans and families are being supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs than was projected in 2013*
real legacy stories
the promise for the future
Join us on the journey towards the Legacy Centenary Celebrations in 2023 to empower veterans’ families to build their best future.
As the recognised voice of veterans’ families, Legacy is on a mission to create a National Legacy Foundation. This will enable support across all Legacy Clubs and ensure no Legacy family is disadvantaged based on their location.
As the leading veterans’ families organisation, we are forecasting – along with our research partners – that further funding is needed to support well-being, mental health, community connection and financial support.
Based on the current environment, the needs of our veterans’ families have drastically changed and have become more complex. Younger families are coming through to Legacy Clubs as a result of Australia’s longest war, 20+ years in Afghanistan. As a result of this, we are seeing a base increase of 20% year on year of the needs of these contemporary veterans’ families.
Your investment in the future of Legacy will allow us to address these priorities. We need your support now more than ever to keep ‘The Promise’ for the future.