Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC, Wellington Park held a moving ceremony onsite for residents, staff and family and friends to attend.
Commencing at 10am, our residents and guests enjoyed a lovely Australian morning tea, with ANZAC biscuits and lamingtons served.
The ceremony involved a number of aged care residents sharing their memories and what the ANZAC spirit means to them. We recited the Ode as well as paid homage to Australia and New Zealand by singing both country’s national anthems.
We were very privileged to have the Last Post played by the talented Jacob on his bugle – such as special moment to have a musician play live. Thank you Jacob for volunteering your time and talent.
The ceremony was concluded with three of our residents Jan Kempton, Des Eirth and Des Pryke placing the wreath by the flag pole. It was a touching ceremony with a few tears shed.
Des Eirth, who served in WWII for the Australian Navy shared, “This day brings back many memories of comradeship and pride. Standing by our mates in honour of our country, our home, was what we did, every day. I recall being part of a convoy of 17 ships that sailed to East Timor. It was on that voyage at midday on Dec 12th 1945 that the Japanese surrendered to us. Today, I think of those currently serving and hope that as a nation we will always take time to show them our appreciation.”
Thanks you to all that shared this special day with us.