WAR WIDOWS DAY
War widows and veteran families are part of the fabric of Australia – making valuable contributions to our community and advancing social justice issues for over 100 years.
Standing behind and beside our nation’s veterans throughout their service and beyond, war widows and veteran families provide the unwavering support during the ups and downs of military life. Sometimes defence service takes a toll on their loved one’s health – and our war widows are there to carry that burden on behalf of a grateful nation. War widows sacrifice their freedoms to enable their loved one’s service.
In 2022, War Widows Day was declared an observed day in NSW and QLD, and was shortly followed by declaration in the ACT, SA and WA. With more than 15,000 war widows in NSW alone and 40,000 nationally, and most states and territories recognising their contributions – it’s time for a national day.
This year, AWWNSW is partnering with Legacy to recognise war widows and celebrate their contributions to their families, their communities and our nation.
You can find details about the official 2023 War Widows Day events below, as well as other ways to get involved in your local community.
With more than 50% of war widows on our register living regionally, we know how important it is to ensure the day is marked in local communities. We invite every AWWNSW member, as well as Legacy and RSL clubs and branches across the state, to gather on this day and hold a morning tea.
Hosting an event in your community is a wonderful way to honour our war widows and widowers on the day – showing our support and appreciation for their tireless work.
If you’re organising an event in your local community, we’d love to hear what you are planning. We’re also very happy to share images and communication material to help you promote your activity. Please let us know what your plans are here.
Show your support
Stand with our war widows and widowers and show your support through purchasing a limited release lapel pin or support our ‘Buy a Widow a Coffee’ campaign. Both initiatives will raise much-needed funds to help AWWNSW continue delivering and supporting our social connections program.
Our social connections program funds gatherings and outings for war widows’ social groups (Guild and Social Clubs). All donations made through the ‘Buy a Widow a Coffee’ campaign will go towards buying coffee, tea, lunch and morning tea for war widows in these social groups.
Official 2023 War Widows Day event
This year’s official War Widows Day event will commence at 10.15am at the Fullerton Hotel, 1 Martin Place, Sydney.
Once the event concludes, widows and widowers will be transported by coach to Admiralty House in Kirribilli for a morning tea hosted by the Governor-General.
Please note: the Admiralty House morning tea is exclusively for war widows and widowers. Please call us if you are not a war widow or widower but wish to attend the War Widows Day Ceremony which will commence at 2.15pm.
If you are a war widow or widower and do not wish to attend the morning tea at Admiralty House, please call our team to register for the War Widows Day Ceremony only.
The cost of return transportation from the Fullerton Hotel to Admiralty House will be covered by AWWNSW. Transportation assistance to the Fullerton Hotel is available for those who meet the requirements of the AWWNSW Transport Program.
DATE OF EVENTS
Thursday, 19 October 2023
Admiralty House Morning Tea
War Widows Day Ceremony in Martin Place