Legacy marks 100 years of service

Published on 02 June 2023

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Today, Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams and 21 local torch bearers participated in the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay, a 6-month campaign to pay homage and acknowledge veterans’ families, saluting their sacrifice.

Legacy is an Australian charity that provides personalised support and services to the families of veterans of the Australian Defence Force who have given their lives or health to their country.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said it was an honour to participate in the Rockhampton leg of the relay and show our appreciation and thanks, particularly to the ‘Legatees’ who work so hard to support Australian veterans and their families.

“As of 2023, Legacy will be celebrating their centenary with The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay 2023 presented by Defence Health,” Mayor Williams said.

"This relay marks 100 years of service to those who have sacrificed, and it is an outstanding accomplishment.

“The relay highlights the respect and gratitude communities have for those who served, and the veterans, widows and children left behind.

“On behalf of Rockhampton Regional Council, I want to thank Legacy for the dedication and work they have undertaken.

“I also want to thank the event organisers, volunteers, viewers, and all those who participated in the Rockhampton leg and the 43 other Legacy Clubs in Australia supporting the Torch Relay.

“Today was extremely special and I am so proud to be a part of it.

“Good luck to the remaining legs of the relay and I cannot wait to see the torch travel over 50,000km and return to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in October.”

CEO of Legacy Australia, Graham Boyd said the torch relay is a fitting commemoration of a century of service. 

“Over the decades, Legacy has had a significant impact on many spouses, partners and children of veterans in Rockhampton,” Mr Boyd said.

“As the relay travels around Queensland we hope to raise awareness of the important work Legacy does in supporting our veterans’ families.”