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Victoria Cross Legends honoured on postage stamp
Australia Day is the perfect time to celebrate those who inspire and influence us as Australians. Since 1997 Australia Post has been acknowledging remarkable individuals on postage stamps in their annual Australia Post Australian Legends Award.
This year’s Australia Post Australian Legends Award recognises five Australians who have received the Victoria Cross, the highest honour bestowed for acts of valour “in the presence of the enemy”.
The 2015 Australia Post Australian Legends Award recipients are Keith Payne VC OAM, Mark Donaldson VC, Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Daniel Keighran VC and, for the first time in the Awards history, Legends status will be awarded posthumously to Cameron Baird VC MG. Corporal Baird was the 100th Australian to receive a Victoria Cross since the award was first created by Queen Victoria in 1856.
We are delighted that the National Australia Day Council Chairman, Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG and 2010 Young Australian of the Year, Mark Donaldson VC are a part of the legend stamps.
In another first, Australia Post will donate $1 to Legacy from selected products purchased from the Legends range. As one of Australia’s most iconic charities, Legacy grew out of the ashes of the Great War and 90 years on still supports around 90,000 families of Defence personnel who have given their lives or their health for their country. These families rely on Legacy for emotional and financial support in the aftermath of devastating circumstances.
To show your support this Australia Day visit a Post Office or go to www.auspost.com.au/stamps