Australians are being asked to buy a beer in honor of soldiers and sailors deployed to overseas troublespots in a new remembrance campaign designed to raise money for veteran support groups. The "Raise a Glass" appeal, which starts on Wednesday, aims to raise A$1 million ($679,000) to help the families of servicemen and women killed in war. Former Australian military commander Peter Cosgrove said the new appeal was designed around the military tradition of leaving an empty glass to honor absent friends.
Foster’s Australia Ltd is working with two charities in the effort. The absent friends and friends departed toast is one of the most honourable there is, certainly ahead in my books of those acknowledging authority and rank. I wish we Canadians were better at this sort of thing.The "Raise A Glass" website includes a number of veterans' stories which may you inspire you to make a pledge or show your respect in some other way.