Wednesday, 11 November marks the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918.
When the guns of the western front fell silent, after four years of continuous warfare, more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas. This year, Sandgate RSL Sub Branch will honour Remembrance Day with a private ceremony, in the hope that services can return to include the wider community again next year.
Sandgate RSL Sub Branch president Paddy Evans said, “Although we have not been able to publicly come together to commemorate ANZAC Day, Vietnam Veteran’s Day, or Remembrance Day this year due to Coronavirus, we have worked tirelessly to support our local veterans through care packages, visits and advocacy.
“There are a lot of amazing things veterans can do, but one thing they don’t seem keen to do is ask for help. That’s what we’ve found when we were checking in on veterans, young and older, during the Coronavirus lockdown.
“Every person we called and visited was very grateful for the visit and the supplies, but none of them wanted to ask for help; they would rather make do. So we visited with healthy meals, care packages and emergency parcels to make sure these people, who have given so much in the service of our country, had the necessities.
“Many of our senior veterans live alone and are fiercely independent. Most of the time, that’s not a problem, but during lockdown with travel restrictions, many were isolated from their families and friends.
“We have also been busy advocating for veterans who need assistance applying for a veteran’s pension or accessing mental health services. It might be a phone call to check in on someone who is struggling, through to advocating for their pension, medical assistance or mental health support.
“We are here to support our veterans of all ages.”If you have a relative, neighbour or friend who is a returned service person of any age, and could benefit from a visit, support, or advocacy, email Sandgate RSL Sub Branch at email@example.com or phone 3269 1135.