SAMVOA Victoria Medal Ceremony – 5 February 2015
SAMVOA Victoria held a Medal Ceremony on the 5th of February where SADF Veteran Glen Stander was awarded his medals.
The Stander family attended the special occasion to see their proud husband and father receive his three long outstanding SADF medals.
Veteran Stander migrated to Australia in 1986 where he married Helen.
Congratulations Glen – wear your medals with pride!
The following letter was received from Veteran Stander’s wife, Helen, and is reprinted here with her kind permission:
5th February 2015
Veteran Tony Macquet MMM
National Chairman: South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australasia (SAMVOA)
I am writing to say thank you (together with Richard Southey, Mike Weber, Karl Brown and all other members present), for making us so welcome on Thursday evening at Glen’s Medal presentation ceremony. I really did not know what to expect but from the moment we entered the room we felt completely at ease.
As you would all know and understand it has been a very long journey for Glen to finally receive his medals, not only the many years that have passed since his service but the long healing process for not only Glen but for myself and our family.
I met Glen in 1984 just after he had finished his military service. I am an Australian and was travelling the world where in Glasgow our paths crossed. He was only 20 years old then and his experience was very fresh in his mind. Glen migrated to Australia in 1986 and we were then married.
Even though I was a nurse I had no idea of the trauma he had experienced mentally and it became apparent that there were many ghosts to put to rest if Glen was going to recover and lead a full life.
Together and separately he has worked hard to recover and finally after all these years to receive recognition for his service is wonderful.
I was not prepared for how emotional I felt on the evening of the presentation.
Our son’s, although knowing the story of Glen’s military years, could not fully appreciate the impact that had on him. The smiles on their faces said it all.
Once again please thank all the SAMVOA Members for their efforts in making this possible.
With kindest regards,