At 101 years young, Sergeant Bert Le-Merton (retd) is a true living legend after completing a 96km walk to raise funds for the veterans' charity Soldier On.
Completed on October 10 as he walked through a guard of honour provided by Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG), Sergeant Le-Merton raised more than $84,000. His target was $10,000.
AFG member Air Force Corporal Mel Robinson said supporting the veteran community was important.
“To be there and see him complete his journey of 96km was a highlight and to hear him speak about his past military career and his pride for current serving members,” Corporal Robinson said.
“With us being there for his arrival home and lining the streets, he said we looked ‘magnificent’ as he approached.
“It is important to support the veteran community and Soldier On because it brings awareness to the current members serving that they will always be veterans and members of the Defence community as a whole.”
As well as his own World War II service, Sergeant Le-Merton has a number of family members that are currently serving in the ADF, and he said he would continue to fundraise for modern day veterans to ensure they receive the support they need.