TEN 100-year milestone birthdays were celebrated at a lunch at Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club last Wednesday (2 November).
The centenarians included nine of the club’s 20 war widow beneficiaries and two reserve Legatees (who between them have given 71 years’ service to Legacy).
Club president Ed Kennedy said the lunch at the club’s premises in Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza, recognised the widows’ longevity and their husbands’ military service.
Mornington Peninsula Legacy supports 730 beneficiaries – 16 with a disability and is helping five children through school.
In 2023, Legacy Australia will be celebrating its own centenary by holding the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay.
The torch represents the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country.
The relay will see the torch travel from the battlefields of Pozieres, France, to Australia, landing in Perth. Its 55,000 kilometre journey will pass through 100 locations and be carried by about 1500 torch bearers, along with more than 2000 volunteers.
The relay will continue through towns and cities across Australia, visiting all 45 Legacy clubs and finishing in Melbourne in October 2023.
Legacy Australia has been supporting veteran’s families since 1923 and was founded on a promise made by one digger to “look after the missus and the kids”.
Today, Legacy supports more than 45,000 partners and children of veterans who put their health and lives on the line for their country.