Centenary torch lights up in Albany

4 May 2023

The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay arrived in Albany, Western Australia, on May 3 at the start of its six-month journey across Australia to celebrate 100 years since the Legacy promise was made.

The relay was launched in Pozières, France, on April 23, and travelled via Belgium to London before arriving in Albany.

The torch will travel 50,000 km over the next six months, carried by 1500 torch bearers as it visits every Legacy Club on its journey to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on October 13, where Legacy was founded.

Legacy Centenary Torch Relay ADF Liaison Officer Col Scott Clingan, who took part in the ceremony in France, said it was fitting to hold it where the first Legacy battlefield promise was made - to support families of veterans who had lost their lives or suffered as a result of their service.

Albany was the last Australian port of call for many servicemen in the First World War.  By starting the flame’s journey in Albany, Legacy commemorated the sacrifice and paid homage to the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand personnel who embarked from there in November 1914.

Commander of Perth-based 13th Brigade, Brigadier Brett Chaloner, said Albany, Fremantle and Perth had a lasting connection to the first Anzacs.

“Tens of thousands of soldiers and sailors embarked here for Gallipoli and Europe. And thousands never saw Australia again,” Brigadier Chaloner said.

“Legacy was so important in looking after their families when the war ended, and they continue to support the families of veterans of recent conflicts. Defence is proud to show our support as the torch begins its journey throughout Australia.”

People are encouraged to attend the relay events in Fremantle tomorrow, and at Wellington Square in Perth on May 6 from 10am - 2pm.

Director of ADF support to the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay, Colonel Catherine Carrigan, said the ADF was providing a triservice escort for the torch relay.

She said the event was about bringing Defence members, Legacy members and beneficiaries and the local communities together.

“As the Legacy Torch Relay moves across the country, we look forward to escorting the torch through local communities to connect them with this great cause,” Colonel Carrigan said.

To find out more about the relay visit Home - Legacy Torch Relay.



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