SA war widows honoured with day of commemoration
A message from the Australian War Widows (SA)
South Australia will formally recognise the contribution and personal sacrifices of war widows and widowers with an annual day of commemoration on 19 October.
The declaration of a special day is a small token in recognising and honouring widows and widowers of those who made the ultimate sacrifice by serving in the ADF. It also highlights the ongoing work of Australian War Widows (SA) Inc and their dedication to the wellbeing of families who have lost a loved one to war service for Australia.
The announcement took place at the Port Pirie RSL Museum Club on 16 March by the South Australian Veterans' Affairs Minister, Geoff Brock, in his home electorate.
The War Widows’ Guild of Australia was established in 1945 by Jessie Vasey, whose birthday has been chosen as the commemoration date. The organisation is dedicated to supporting war widows from all conflicts by providing friendship, support and advocacy for those who have been affected by loss through service.
‘It is important that we acknowledge these families in our community that have faced unthinkable grief but who – in true Defence family style – demonstrate resilience and strength after losing a loved one to service,’ said South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas. ‘On behalf of all South Australians, I thank the widows and widowers in our community for their service and for the immeasurable sacrifices they have made.
‘On 19 October 2023, we will come together to honour these respected members of our community and pay tribute to their dedication, service and sacrifice.’
Diane Carr, President of Australian War Widows (SA) Inc said: ‘Our community is made of strong and supportive women and men who have experienced terrible loss, but who want to continue to make a difference in the lives of all Defence families. We are very grateful that the South Australian Government has chosen to honour these people and commemorate War Widows Day on 19 October each year.’
Further details about commemorative activities to mark the first War Widows Day on 19 October 2023 will be publicised in the coming months and on our website.
Below from left: Vice President Jan Milham, President Diane Carr, Secretary Maria Barclay, Helen Adamson, Julie Broome, and South Australia’s Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Geoff Brock holding ‘Bilbo’ at the Soldiers’ Biscuits display.