SOLDIER ON TO HOST VIRTUAL COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE ON ANZAC DAY

Soldier On invites veterans, their families and the wider community to a unique service to commemorate veterans, past and present, to be held on Anzac Day. The virtual service will be livestreamed on Saturday 25th April on the Soldier On website: www.soldieron.org.au

The Soldier On commemorative service will incorporative traditional readings, the laying of the wreath, a Commemorative Address by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), ‘The Last Post’ by the Band of the Royal Military College Band, and a new rendition of ‘I was only 19’ by Shannon Noll and his brothers.

This year Australians across the country will be commemorating Anzac Day in new ways – at home and on their driveways. Since traditional public Anzac Day services, events and parades have been cancelled or moved online where possible, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO of Soldier On, Ivan Slavich says Australians can still stand united, whilst maintaining social distancing, this Anzac Day: “Australians are facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Anzac tradition – the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship are still relevant today. We can show our support for veterans and unite, whilst staying home. Our service aims to give people the chance to join together in a different way, by viewing the virtual service to commemorate veterans, past and present, online from home.”

“I’d like to encourage all Australians to show their support for veterans this Anzac Day, in whatever way they can. Whether it’s by standing on the end of their driveway at dawn, tuning in to a radio or television broadcast, viewing the Soldier On commemorative service online, or learning more about the veteran community by reading the personal experiences of WW1 veterans and contemporary service personnel on our ‘In Their Honour’ commemorative page on our website.”

The Soldier On commemorative service offers Australians across the nation the opportunity to connect with the veteran community, whilst staying home to maintain social distancing. The service will be streamed on the Soldier On website from 6am Saturday 25th April, following the broadcast by the ABC of the Australian War Memorial National Service at 5am. The public will be able to view the Soldier On commemorative service on the Soldier On website, as well as from the ‘Driveway at Dawn’ app, developed by the ‘Aussies and Kiwis for Anzacs’ Facebook group. The app will also stream a ‘105 Songs for 105 Years’ concert on Anzac Day afternoon.

As part of Soldier On’s ‘In Their Honour’ campaign, Australians are being invited to read the post-service accounts of our WW1 veterans, as provided by the Australian War Memorial, alongside personal stories from veterans of today who are Ambassadors for Soldier On.   The campaign encourages Australians to show their support for the veteran community by reading about veteran’s experiences online, sharing messages and memories using the hashtag #InTheirHonour and donating to Soldier On to support today’s veterans and their families. The veterans experiences can be read at: www.soldieron.org.au/commemorate/their-stories

More Information

To find out more about Soldier On’s virtual commemorative service on Anzac Day and the ‘In Their Honour’ appeal go to: www.soldieron.org.au/commemorate

About Soldier On

Soldier On enables contemporary veterans and their families to thrive, through a range of veteran support programs. Soldier On is evolving to better support veterans and their families as they face the challenges of COVID-19, with support services and activities moving online or over the phone, where possible. The charity recently launched a digital Connect Hub which enables veterans and their families to access support programs online or via Tele-Health, which includes online psychological group support work, health and wellbeing, employment, education and social connection programs. 

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRES – INCLUDING INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT:

Jane Farrell, National Marketing and Communications Director

E: media@soldieron.org.au
P: 0417 372 394 or 0401 580 128

Interview Opportunities

  • Ivan Slavich, CEO of Soldier On.
  • LTGEN Peter Leahy, AC (Ret’d) – Chairman Soldier On.
  • Soldier On veteran Ambassadors.

Soldier On Commemorative Service film footage is available on request. 

MEDIA RELEASE – SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR VETERANS THIS ANZAC DAY

Soldier On is calling on all Australians to show support for past and present veterans, and their families, this ANZAC Day.

The not-for-profit organisation is inviting people to view a virtual ANZAC Day Commemoration Service which will be available to watch on the Soldier On website on 25th April. Giving Australians across the nation the opportunity to come together in a safe virtual space and connect with the veteran community.

Public ANZAC Day services, events and parades have been cancelled across Australia this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Soldier On’s virtual Commemoration Service aims to bring people together in an uplifting way, to collectively honour veterans of the past and support veterans of today, by enabling them to watch the service from the comfort of their own home. The service will incorporative traditional elements, as well as some modern music to acknowledge and pay tribute to veterans, past and present. A Commemorative Address will be made by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

Soldier On enables contemporary veterans and their families to thrive, through a range of veteran support programs including Health and wellbeing, Employment, Learning and Participation and support services.

CEO of Soldier On, Ivan Slavich believes that this year it’s even more crucial to show support for veterans on ANZAC Day: “Soldier On recognises that these are challenging times for people across Australia. But together we can get through this.”

 “This year, more than ever, Australians should unite and honour veterans past and present, thank them for their service and acknowledge the sacrifices that veterans and their families often make, in order to serve our country.”

“The way Australians can participate in ANZAC Day services this year is very different to previous years. But staying home and adhering to social distancing regulations, doesn’t mean we can’t stand united as a nation. For example, by standing on your driveway at Dawn to pay your respects, or by showing support for veterans on social media, or in your own way at home, to thank those who have served, or are currently serving Australia.”

“I’d like to encourage everyone to show their support for veterans past and present this ANZAC Day, in whatever way they can. Whether it’s by standing on the end of their driveway at Dawn, tuning in to a radio broadcast, viewing the Soldier On commemorative Service on our website, or supporting our ‘In Their Honour’ appeal.”

Soldier On’s ‘In Their Honour’ appeal is a chance for people to share messages of support for veterans using the hashtag #InTheirHonour and to donate to Soldier On in memory of a veteran, and to ensure today’s veterans and their families, get the support they need. 

More Information

To find out more about Soldier On’s Virtual ANZAC Day Commemorative Service go to: www.soldieron.org.au

About Soldier On

Soldier On is a not-for-profit veteran support organisation delivering a range of services, which enable contemporary veterans and their families to thrive. It is Australia’s only national fully integrated and holistic support services provider for Defence personnel and their families.

Soldier On’s services include a range of mental health and wellbeing, employment and transition, education and training programs, as well as programs and activities, focused on connections with family, friends, and the broader community. The support Soldier On provides currently reaches more than one million Australian veterans and their families.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRES – INCLUDING INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES – CONTACT:

Jane Farrell, National Marketing and Communications Director

E: media@soldieron.org.au
P: 0417 372 394 or 0401580128

Interview Opportunities

  • Ivan Slavich, CEO of Soldier On
  • LTGEN Peter Leahy, AC (Ret’d) – Chairman Soldier On
  • Soldier On veteran Ambassadors.

Lived experience of ADF families

IS YOUR PARTNER (OR EX PARTNER) A CURRENT OR EX-SERVING MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE?

If you would like to talk about your experiences as an ADF family, then this project may be of interest to you. The research is being done as part of a PhD in Social Work at the University of Newcastle.

The only criteria is having a partner or ex-partner who is or was recently in the ADF full time for a minimum period of two years. A diverse range of families are sought, regardless of religion or relationship status (married, de-facto, same sex, childless, mixed and step families).

The aim of this research is to contribute to knowledge about what ADF families’ experiences are, and what support they would most benefit from. For this reason, the study will not include the ADF member themselves as they have specific supports available to them.

Your involvement would include participating in a family interview with your children if you have any, and an individual interview. Each interview will take approximately one hour at a location convenient to you.

This research does seek to include children over the age of two as appropriate, as most studies do not include children themselves and their experiences are importantly sought.

Every participant has the right to withdraw at any time, and participation is completely voluntary.

If you are interested please contact Leah Cummins at leah.cummins@uon.edu.au for a participant information statement which will provide more details about the research.

This research project is supervised by:
Amanda Howard (Chief Investigator)
Conjoint Associate Professor in Social Work
University of Newcastle
PHONE: 0418 863 723
EMAIL: amanda.howard@newcastle.edu.au

This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2018-0478.