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Legacy traditions continue

By Kyabram Free Press

LEGACY is a uniquely Australian organisation that cares for the families of those who served their country.

The Kyabram group was established in 1961 and is proud of its ongoing involvement with the Anzac Day ceremonies.

While all official Anzac Day ceremonies were cancelled this year, there were Legacy commemorative wreaths laid by individuals in Kyabram, Tongala, Stanhope and Girgarre.

In Kyabram, individual wreaths were laid by Kyabram Legacy’s Don Cook and Kyabram RSL members Graeme James, Jim Studd along president Stan McIntosh.

At the same time around Anzac Day the Kyabram Legacy group usually holds its annual Chairperson Handover luncheon but this year COVID-19 intervened.

There is no doubt that a clash of elbows is the most unusual handover in the history of the Kyabram Legacy Group but it would have to suffice as Don Cook was recently welcomed into the chairperson role by his retiring predecessor Graeme James.

With over 30 years’ service Graeme has made an outstanding contribution to Legacy but will continue to be involved in our local Lone Pine ceremonies.

Incoming chair Don Cook said it was disappointing that the luncheon had to be cancelled this year.

“It is usually an opportunity for us to thank the many friends of Legacy and local volunteers who help during Legacy Week and with the Lone Pine ceremonies. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the amazing support staff of the Warramunda and Tongala aged care facilities,” he said.

“There are also many local community groups and organisations who financially support Legacy and we are most appreciative.

“It is also an opportunity to introduce the legatees who will carry on our long-standing traditions for another year. While long-serving regulars Gavon Armstrong and John Neale remain there is a new face among the office bearers, so congratulations to Peter Fitzgerald who is taking on the senior vice-chairperson role.”

The Kyabram Legacy group remains committed to supporting our widows throughout the local region and will continue for many years to come.

Don Cook, Kyabram Legacy