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.
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.
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