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Unique Anzac Day this year

HOBART Legacy and Eye Spy Signs teamed up to deliver the community a way to acknowledge and pay their respects on Anzac Day.

With people not being able to attend traditional Anzac Day ceremonies and services due to COVID-19, Eye Spy Signs printed Anzac signs that the public could display in their windows.

The money from the sale of the signs was donated to Hobart Legacy, with more than $2000 raised to help support Australian families who were suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence force service.

Eye Spy Signs owner and director John Howard said project manager John Large had the original idea to make one Anzac Day sign.

“This led to more discussion and we decided to offer signs free of charge,” he said.

“However, we put a link on the Facebook page encouraging people to donate to Legacy and people to share it – it reached 11,000 people, which was staggering.“People also came into the store and made donations, which we hadn’t expected.”

Eye Spy Signs produced about 450 signs.

Hobart Legacy president Alec Young said the signs were made in response to the changed circumstances this year and were for people who wanted some way of acknowledging Anzac Day within their house and with their family.

“People put them in their windows to go along with standing out on their driveways on the morning of Anzac Day to show their respect in their own environment,” he said.

“It was important to do this because if we don’t remember the reason we’ve got freedom and the sacrifices so many have given for freedom, it’ll be a sad day.”

Eye Spy Sign’s John Large was a Hobart Legacy child, with his father Horatio John Large a private in the 2/40th Infantry Battalion.

“Dad passed away when I was five, so Legacy helped care for myself, mum and my three sisters,” he said.

“Every Friday night we would go to Legacy House on Macquarie Street and there would be a range of activities that would be on offer.

“There was also a camp down at Conningham where family groups would go down.”

Mr Large said Hobart Legacy provided an important service to war widows and families.

“We had a legatee that would come in every week and talk to mum and assist in certain areas depending on what was required,” he said.

“It was quite unbelievable in terms of community response to the Anzac Day signs – they went like hotcakes.”

Caption: From left, Eye Spy Signs owner and director John Howard, Hobart Legacy president Alec Young, Eye Spy Signs project manager and former Legacy child John Large, and Hobart Legacy former president Paul Crew.