Messages of support boosts morale of armed forces
ON ANZAC Day most will pause for a minute to remember those who have fallen and those who are serving in the Australian armed forces at the moment.
But Southern Downs residents can take it one step further this week by sending a message directly to Aussie servicemen and women at home and overseas via SMS and online.
Warwick's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jenna Assenbruck, who is on board HMAS Glenelg, received a message of support last year.
"These messages are important because they make us feel as though the work we're doing is recognised by everyday Australians," she said.
"When we receive these messages we feel a real sense of pride in the work we are doing.
"Being away from home is all part of the job, but receiving these messages brings a little bit of home to us.
"Anzac Day is a special day for all of us, made particularly special by being away from home upholding the Anzac tradition.
"These messages show us that what we do really means something to everyone at home."
And it is not just those serving who benefit from the message of support - Telstra has pledged to donate $1 for every message received to Legacy.
Telstra Country Wide area general manager for southern Queensland Nigel Beaman urged all southern Queensland residents to get behind the troops.
"Most southern Queensland residents know at least one person who has served, or is serving, our country and it's important that we pause to honour their work, particularly as we commemorate Anzac day," said Mr Beaman.
"I am proud that Telstra has the technology to help connect the Southern Queensland public to our troops serving here and abroad.
"We also want to provide broader support, so this year Telstra will donate $1 for every message received during this period to Legacy."
Chief of Defence, General David Hurley thanked Telstra for its support of Australia's service men and women and highlighted the importance of these messages.
"Many of the men and women of the Navy, Army and Air Force spend long periods of time away from family and friends," he said.
"Whether it be protecting our borders, assisting in disaster recovery or service abroad, these messages will reassure our people that Australia is behind what they are doing and appreciate their work."
Legacy chairman Charles Wright also stressed the value in sending a Message To The Troops.
"As someone who has served both within Australia and abroad, I know how much it means to get a message of support from your friends, family and general public in the lead-up to and on Anzac Day," he said.
To send a message of support, SMS 044 SUPPORT (0447 877 678) or online at telstra.com/anzacday by 5pm Friday.