ANZAC Day has a particularly special meaning for most residents at Yukana, who either served or were heavily impacted by WWII. As we do each and every year at Yukana, we gathered together to commemorate this important day. Residents and staff assembled for the memorial service, honouring those who have, and continue to, defend our nation.
Returned Service Personnel
Our Returned Service Personnel played an integral part in the service. This ranged from pinning Rosemary for Remembrance onto attendees, preparing the ANZAC speech, laying a wreath and raising the Australian flag. Other residents led the singing of hymns and playing of the piano.
This year we were all honoured to hear from one of our residents, Laureen, whose uniform hung on display on the lectern as a symbol of her service during WWII.
Laureen’s speech, was read on her behalf by one of Yukana’s staff members. It mentioned the fact that ANZAC Day is a time when Australians remember the men and women of the armed forces who have defended our country. Her speech described how ANZAC Day was commemorated, both in the bigger cities and the smaller country towns. It talked of the floral wreaths, single blooms and memories laid at the base of marble monuments in honour of those who didn’t make it home.
Honouring our ANZACs
Laureen noted how important it is that we never forget the sacrifice of those who gave their lives. Also, of the wives, mothers and families who lost loved ones as a result of war. She noted her thanks for the younger serving members of the forces. Those carrying on the ANZAC tradition and fighting for our freedom as our ex-service men and women are now aging.
At the end of her speech, Laureen personally recited a light hearted poem that had stuck with her from her time in the Australian Air Force. The poem recalled the larrikin characteristics of the diggers during the war.
At Yukana, we remember this special occasion and the great sacrifice of so many.
Lest we forget.