The Veterans Toast© is a poem that was written by Avril Young from Dundee after a small brief given to her by Billy MacLeod the founder of VIA. Avril has written a poem for VIA before called ALIVE to represent VIA’s ALIVE Program© so as said after a small brief Avril set to work and in an incredibly short time (10 mins) she came back with a really powerful poem capturing the mood and sentiment that was hoped for. Avril asked if VIA wanted to make any changes but not a thing was changed as we believe it is just right.
What is the aim of the Veterans Toast©?
The aim was to make the poem and video go viral and to raise funds to help those who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder using VIA’s unique ALIVE Program©. VIA launched the opening video on December 05th 2014 to lead up to Christmas and the centenary of the first Christmas of World War 1.
How does it work?
To take part you download the poem from the VIA website or copy it from the opening video and get someone to film you reading the Veterans Toast© .
- You chose which drink you would like to do the toast with whether it be a cup of coffee, bottle of water, soft drink or alcoholic drink and make a respectful TOAST to those friends or family who may have made the ultimate sacrifice or fight a daily battle due to their service using the downloadable script from Veterans In Action website or by copying it from social media
- You raise a toast at the end to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice or who are still fighting daily battles due to their service
- You donate the cost of the drink you have toasted with to Veterans In Action using Just Text Giving, Virgin Money Giving or Paypal (details of these are on the Veterans In Action website)
- You nominate 3 more friends to do the Veterans Toast©
- You upload the video to You Tube and share on social media to help the Veterans Toast© .go viral
This poem was written specifically for Veterans In Action and is copyrighted so please refrain from doing the toast for any other organisation.
All funds raised from The Veterans Toast© will go directly to help those who suffer the effects of war or who find the transition to civilian life difficult by investing on VIA’s ALIVE Program© to enable more veterans to take part in different part of the country.
VETERANS TOAST© by AVRIL YOUNG
Script for TOAST
My name is XXXX XXXXXXX and I am raising this TOAST in memory of those who have lost their lives in the service of the country and to those who still fight the daily battle due to their service.
THIS GLASS I RAISE BEFORE ME
IS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED
FOR EVERY BROTHER AND SISTER
A RECOGNITION IS DESERVED
SO, I DRINK THIS IN THEIR HONOUR
AND FOR BATTLES THEY STILL FIND
THAT REPLAY THROUGH THEIR MEMORY
IN A HIDDEN, TORTURED MIND
HERE’S TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
FROM EVERY LAND AND COAST
I SALUTE YOU ALL MY BROTHERS-IN-ARMS
AND RAISE THIS VETERANS TOAST
I donate the cost of this drink to Veterans In Action to enable them to help more veterans who suffer and I would like to nominate XXXXX XXXXXXX, XXXXXXX XXXXX and XXXXXXX XXXXXX to carry out the TOAST