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Army May 12, 2011
AS A serving member who
has deployed a number of
times, I am always apprecia-
tive of the support I get from
my family and friends while I
Every time ADF members
deploy and then return to
Australia, their friends and
families are always thanked for
their support and sacrifice in
speeches and on parades.
Serving members get med-
als to acknowledge our service,
so why not something similar for those supporting us?
In various foreign countries the sacrifices made by
the families of serving members are recognised in dif-
ferent ways, such as the awarding of the Elizabeth Cross
in the UK (granted to the next of kin of servicemen and
women killed during operations or as the result of terror-
ist action since World War II) and the unofficial "Spouse
Medal" in the USA -- the concept is not new.
During WWII Australia issued both a "Mother and
Widow Badge" and also a "Female Relative" badge.
If we are serious in acknowledging the sacrifices
made by our families, I believe the time has come for
those sacrifices to be recognised -- not only for the fam-
ily members of those killed or injured on operations but
indeed for all those who support us while serving.
Perhaps a medal is not the appropriate symbol, but,
as a suggestion, a "relative" pin could be made for those
spouses and partners of serving members.
The cost would not be prohibitive and the sacrifices
made could be recognised. My wife, for one, would
wear her pin with as much pride as I wear my medals on
an occasion such as Anzac Day.
Maj Julian Thirkill
SO2 Regional Plans 1
I REFER you to the letter by WO1
Iain Lewington titled 'Managing
telephone rage' in Army edition 1257
(April 28). In all my years of read-
ing Army, the response by Brig Peter
Short would have to be the most
honest I have read.
He did not waste time in giving
excuses as to why a certain action was
or was not carried out.
He went straight to the heart of the
matter and admitted that "we got it
Soldiers do not want to hear conde-
scending answers, they want the facts
and they want the truth -- Brig Short
delivered on all fronts.
Let's hope this is the calibre of our
senior leaders now coming through.
Maj Bernard Hayes
One worth responding to
THIS year I decided to surprise
my dad and take him to Gallipoli
for Anzac Day.
My dad is an ex staff sergeant,
Raymond Willey, who served from
1955-1976 and I thought it would
be my last chance to bring him
over because of his age.
On the night of April 24, we
gathered at Anzac Cove from 10
o'clock until the dawn service.
I have to say it was a cold night
but it makes you wonder what the
Anzacs went through that night 96
After the dawn service, my dad
and I made our way to Lone Pine
for the Australian service.
My father, at 75, struggled to
make it up the dirt road, but with
the help of fellow Aussies on our
tour group, he made it.
As we were taking our seats for
the service, an Army major who
I later found out was Maj Darryl
Kelly approached my father and
said, "you're ex Army"? He then
gave my dad an Anzac Day medal
and said "the Army never forgets
In all my years I have never
seen tears in my father's eyes. That
simple action by that major made
my dad's and my day.
Thank you Maj Kelly and thank
you to all our diggers who serve.
North Lake, WA
Service still counts
Army family: Maj Darryl Kelly greets veteran Raymond Willey at the Australian Anzac Day
service at Lone Pine.
Elizabeth Cross is
awarded to UK family
members of soldiers
killed on operations.
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