Well, I asked everyone to share why they sew for Aussie Heroes. I guess it is only fair that I also share. I spent 15 years in the military, first as an Air Traffic Controller in the RAAF and then as an Admin Officer in the Navy. Once you have joined up you never really leave. There is something of it that always stays in your heart. You have gained a second family. I had reached a point in my life where I had time to think about doing something for someone other than my husband and children. I had the time and resources. I read about Quilts of Valor and thought there should be something for our Service Men and Women. I didn't set out to start Aussie Heroes in the beginning, when I arranged quilts and laundry bags for one man and his mates, but then I got to a point where it was more a case of well if not me then who? And why not me?
I am just so glad that we have been able to make a difference. To know that half the world away we are bringing some unexpected cheer to our Aussie men and women - to know that the wounded heading off to Germany go with one of our quilts - just humbles me. Aussie Heroes is just about little people saying they care, saying they are proud of you and saying that you and your families matter to all of us. And when lots of little people do something people start to notice and the people who count are you guys!
Remembrance Day will be a solemn day, a sad day, a reflective day and will affect different people in different ways. I just hope that this message from us will let you know that you are not alone - no matter where you are.
LEST WE FORGET