26 April, 2017

Top honour for Legacy

 20 Apr 2017, 5 p.m. Mudgee Guardian

A Kandos High School graduate will have the honour of laying the Legacy wreath at the dawn service in Sydney this year.

Elysse Mill was selected to represent the charity service at the Anzac Day dawn service in Martin Plaza. She will also read the first half of The Ode.

“I’ve been with Legacy since my step-father passed away, he was a Vietnam vet,” she said.

“I'm waking up at 2:30am and getting escorted to the event and at 4:15pm I’ll be laying the wreath and reading The Ode.”

Elysse’s step-father John Millar served in Vietnam, her great grandfather Leo Chambers (known as Slim) also served at the Japanese prisoner of war camp at Cowra during the prisoner of war breakout.

Her great, great grandfather Hal McLeish lost an arm while serving during WWI on the beaches at Gallipoli Cove.

Elysse is encouraging the younger generation to continue to support Anzac Day.

“We, as young people, haven’t had to go through what they have and it is important that we get involved and support them,” she said.

Elysse’s grandmother Wendy Williams congratulated her granddaughter and encouraged everyone to watch the TV coverage.

“What an honour. You do your mother, Michelle Mill of Kandos and your late father Steve Mill and all the family proud.”

Elysse is currently completing her third year at University of Western Sydney at Penrith.

Legacy is a voluntary organisation providing services to around 70,000 families of veterans who have died or given their health. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 70,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependents with a disability.

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