On the eve of ANZAC Day, the Arcare Pimpama community gathered to honour the memory of those gallant men and women who sacrificed their lives in service of their country.
Considering so many Australians served in the World Wars, many clients have been affected on one way or another.
This was found as clients of Pimpama shared their individual experiences or connections to ANZAC Day.
Rhonda Brown – Anzac day for our family means remembering our grandfather and great grandfather Percy Booth, who was an AIF troop carrier during the battle of the Fromelles WWI. Percy was wounded and required both of his feet to be amputated in France. He returned to Australia when he was well enough in 1918. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medal. (Pte. Booth P.C. 31st Battalion – Part of the 5th Australian Division at the battle of Fromelles WWI)
Berice Down – It brings back very sad memories. When I was 7 years of age, I saw my dad for the last time. We use to get up early, go to Anzac square to watch the ever lasting flame. We’d then return home, have breakfast and then return to the square to enjoy a picnic. Dad then attended the march. He was then sent to Warwick, where he caught meningitis and never returned. As sad as it is I still celebrate this day.
Diana Crestani – I remember the war started in 1939. I was about 6, in my home town, Canley Vale. We went to the local place to watch the soldiers march down the road in remembrance of the first world war. During the second world war my dad was an essential person; he made material and linings for tanks and war equipment.
It is sad because so many people had to die to have a day to celebrate those lost.
Nadia Bottomley – This reminds me of when my husband was in Kenya; he was fighting the communists. Both of my uncles where engineers on war ships, they entered the Arctic Circle. Anzac Day is a celebration of the men and women whom sacrificed.
Alan K – The Anzacs saved our country and lost their lives. They looked after their country and saved the future for all families and the future of Australia. I felt disappointed when the war ended, being 18 years of age, all I wanted to do was serve in the war. I was enlisted to go next but then the war come to an end.
Sheila Atherton – I think of the wonderful souls we had who helped to protect their country. They were all wonderful men. It is a wonderful day for all Australians to be part of.
Chris Harvey – We think of all the men who served overseas, and died for the country. I always went to the
Local service at the RSL.
Carmel Hughes – It brings back the memory of my two uncles in the war. And all the marches they attend as
Shirley Mansell – I was in the Navy for 4 years. I remember the New Zealanders and Australians who went to war and sacrificed their life. And I remember the fighters.
Together, in their hearts and minds, they remembered those lost.
This was very significant as many were faced with conflict and crisis.
Everyone was humbled; tears and hugs was shared in support of those memories some live with everyday, that will never fade.