The launch of Legacy Week in South Australia on August 28 gave families supported by Legacy a chance to see some of the latest ADF technology at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
A P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a protected mobility vehicle, an armoured personnel carrier, an Australian light armoured vehicle, and a Navy rigid hull inflatable boat were all on display.
Legacy Week is a time for Australians to show their support for those whose loved ones have served.
Senior ADF Officer Edinburgh Defence Precinct Air Commodore Brendan Rogers said Defence valued Legacy's important role.
“It is comforting to know there is a dedicated organisation that will support our Defence families when veterans have become incapacitated or lost their life," Air Commodore Rogers said.
Funds raised helps Legacy continue to assist about 52,000 widows, widowers and families Australia-wide by providing essential services including counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.
Air Commodore Rogers said Defence members were finding other ways to promote Legacy Week to adhere with COVID-19 restrictions.
“Normally the ADF supports the annual Legacy Week Appeal by selling badges and collecting donations on street corners and in shopping centres, but this year we’ve found some COVID-19 safe ways to promote the great work they do,” Air Commodore Rogers said.
“We only had to ask for volunteers and were inundated with offers to help – our Defence members understand the importance of supporting our veterans.
“We are proud to support an important veterans’ organisation like Legacy.”
President of the Legacy Club of South Australia and Broken Hill Chris Burns said it was important to have Defence involved this year, especially with the restrictions on badge selling.
“The ADF has always been right by our side, and this year we hope to continue to build the strong relationship we have,” Mr Burns said.
“It’s the first time in 76 years – since 1944 – that we can’t fundraise face-to-face. We’re asking the community to dig deep this year and support the important work we do for the families of our veterans.”