It has been more than a century since the ANZAC legend was forged on battlefields across Europe.

Amid the horrors that played out in theatres of war in locations which are now infamous, an enduring legacy was built around the spirit of mateship.

This very concept of loyalty and sacrifice would go on to define our national character. These same threads exist today and form the fabric of our society. Whether it be the First or Second World War, or more recent deployments to the Middle East or Afghanistan, one doesn’t have to look too hard to see this commitment of looking out for each other.

The Salvation Army shares this same spirit of mateship today as we did serving our troops in the Boer War around the turn of the 20th Century.

Whether it be a hot drink and a snack to sustain weary minds and bodies, or a listening ear and words of strength and encouragement for those most in need, the Salvos were there.

Today, whether in barracks or in the field on exercises, or serving on overseas deployments, The Salvos are still there…and always will be. Because that’s what mates do.

Major Brett Gallagher

The Salvation Army’s Chief Commissioner for Red Shield Defence Services