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Lest We Forget - Anzac Day tribute’s across Wesley Mission Queensland

AnzacDay_StMarks.png St Marks aged care community residents - David Edward and Estelle.
Published Friday 24 April 2020
  • Aged Care

Anzac Day looks a bit different this year, with residents, clients and staff thinking outside the box to commemorate the day as a community.

With traditional marches and services being cancelled, staff reached out to clients and residents to find a creative way to pay tribute to the Anzacs, while staying safely in their homes. It’s fair to say, the Anzac spirit is alive and well despite the challenges on remembering together.

St Marks residential aged care community

This Anzac Day was particularly a special occasion for veteran David Edwards, a resident at St Marks residential aged care community. David is very passionate about Anzac Day and this week he also celebrated his 100th birthday. David was thrilled to have received a special delivery from his Daughter, which included a jacket and his freshly polished medals that he received during his time serving in WWII.

St Marks commemorated Anzac Day by holding a small service, while social distancing, where they remembered those that risked their lives for our country.

Cooper House residential aged care community

The Wall of Remembrance was the key feature of Cooper House residential aged care community this weekend. Angela Jacobson, Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator at Cooper House, talked to each of the residents to understand more about their family history and to make sure they were paid tribute on the Wall of Remembrance.

“I went around to all of the residents to find out if they had any family members that served Australia or New Zealand in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and we are going to make up a plaque for each one,” says Angela.

For their Anzac Day service, residents added family members who served, to the Wall of Remembrance along with handmade poppies and fresh rosemary.

“We have three residents at Cooper House who served, including, 98-year-old Doug who was a Private in the 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion in WWII, 101-year-old Joan who served in the Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force, and 98-year-old Norma who was in the Australian Women’s Auxiliary Services during WWII.”

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The Roll of Honour Wall including Cooper House residents that have served Australia, and the Wall of Remembrance. 

John Wesley Gardens residential aged care community

Residents paid tribute to the Anzacs through a personalised video developed by staff and residents at John Wesley Gardens. The video includes Anzac Day readings, songs, poems and prayers from residents, followed by a minute of silence to remember those that served our country and the New Zealand and Australia National Anthems sung by residents.  

The video was broadcasted through each of the resident’s rooms and in communal areas. Resident’s family members also had the video shared with them.

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Respite Day Services

Staff reached out to all their respite day centre clients, to join them in on the Anzac Day service via conference call. The service was held from Hyland House Respite Centre, where one client and veteran, Phil, placed a wreath at the flag pole and paid respects to those that have served.

Staff generously put together resource packs for those joining the Anzac Day service over the phone. Resource packs included an Anzac quiz, cross and poppies. The packs were dropped off to client’s homes before the service, so that they could do the Anzac Day quiz all together.

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Respite client Phyllis with her Anzac Day resource pack and client and veteran Phil raising the flag during the Anzac Day service at Hyland House. 

Anzac Day is an important day as it marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australia and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Anzac Day has become a time to remember many of our returned services personnel and remember those who risked their lives.

Wesley Mission Queensland have many veterans who live or are connected with our services. Although we didn’t get to be together physically as a community, our staff, clients, residents and families were still able to connect with each other and pay tribute to the Anzacs.