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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.


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

total beneficiaries
widows & widowers
children/youth (under 26)
beneficiaries with disabilities
spent on beneficiaries in 2020
$ 0 M
hours worth of volunteering
$ 0 M

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,
  • wellbeing,
  • financial assistance,
  • advocacy, and,
  • personalised care.
The services are delivered through a network of dedicated volunteers known as Legatees who are supported by or help connect those in need to a team of social workers and mental health professionals. It is the Legatees who are the heart of Legacy and make us truly unique. Legatees are the backbone and have, since 1923, provided empathy and ‘lived experience’ to the families of veterans. For the families of our veterans, Legacy provides relief during times of trauma and offers the support needed to prevent any further injury or disadvantage. Further to this, Legacy provides the opportunity for the families to remember and honour their loved ones while ensuring we help them build a brighter future.

Our Ongoing Legacy

Digital Presence

Across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter alone, Legacy clubs currently have over 110,000 followers

Military Presence

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.

Real Impact

Approximately, 6,000 people transition from the ADF nationally each year*

Safety Net

In 2020, 70% more veterans and families are being supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs than was projected in 2013*

real legacy stories

Melbourne Legacy

It’s a wonderful thing to help someone you don’t know.Someone like Annabelle, whose husband Josh served our country in the Australian Defence Force and who died of brain cancer.

Sydney Legacy

Legacy provided Bree with financial assistance to help pay for school fees, books and uniforms for Brett’s children. The children were also given a chance to experience the guiding hand they could no longer have from their father.

Legacy Brisbane

James and Emily say Legacy’s ongoing support has played a huge role in helping them become who they are today and credit Legacy with so much more than helping them to endure the pain of losing their Dad.

Legacy WA

Legacy has helped Heidi and her boys by assisting with bills, school fees and uniforms and even speech therapy lessons. Legacy has also been able to provide the kids with a trampoline and specialised bikes so they can relax and have fun as a family.

Legacy SA & Broken Hill

Vicki & Isabella are supported by their Legatee, Meredith, who lost her veteran husband & wanted to give back by becoming a volunteer. She has since gone on to become Legacy SA & Broken Hill’s first female President in 2018/19.

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.

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