Darwin community donates to Legacy

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Location(s): Darwin, NT

Topic(s): Remembrance Day, Legacy

Lieutenant Patrick Scott from Darwin Based Patrol Boats shows his support for Legacy's 2013 Remembrance Day Campaign by selling poppy merchandise, at Smith Street Mall, Darwin. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)
Lieutenant Patrick Scott from Darwin Based Patrol Boats shows his support for Legacy's 2013 Remembrance Day Campaign by selling poppy merchandise, at Smith Street Mall, Darwin.

In recognition of the 95th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I, all Headquarters Northern Command personnel gathered silently to pay their respects for one minute at 11am.

Across the wider Darwin region, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel gathered in support of the Darwin RSL for a Remembrance Day Ceremony at The Cenotaph on The Esplanade in the city.

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, Australian Defence Force men and women from Darwin assisted in the Legacy 2013 Remembrance Day Campaign to sell poppy branded products to raise money and awareness.

This year, the 2013 Remembrance Day Campaign commemorates the 90 years that Legacy has provided support and assistance to Australian Defence Force Families throughout all wars and conflicts since WW I.

For the families of veterans the battle still goes on. Today Legacy continues to help families to move beyond their grief and practical struggles into a happier more secure future.

Able Seaman (AB) Matthew Kominiarski was one of many Navy personnel around Darwin supporting the Legacy campaign.

“The most popular item selling so far are key rings hand crafted from genuine old Australian pennies, each of the unique items have been hand made by war veterans,” AB Kominiarski said.

“As a special gift, people are buying the pennies with their birth year or the birth year of a loved one on them.”

Coffee cups, tea towels, and earrings were the most common items purchased as gifts, with others choosing to buy badges, pins and stickers that they could wear during the commemorative activities.

AB Kominiarski was touched by the generosity shown by the Darwin community.

“We have had a lot of donations where people don’t want to purchase any items, they just want to contribute to the cause and many ask us to keep up the good work,” AB Kominiarski said.

Approximately 500 ADF personnel participate in Australia’s whole of government border security effort, Operation RESOLUTE coordinated by the Joint Task Force 639 out of Darwin.