10 December 2018
After several months of hard fighting on the Western Front, the Allies finally broke through the Hindenburg Line on 29 September 1918.
The German army was beaten and within weeks came the Armistice.
The Armistice of Compiegne between the Allies and Germany came into effect at 11am on 11 November 1918.
The guns fell silent on the Western front and after more than four years of unimaginable bloodshed and destruction, the war was finally over.
For Neville McKavanagh and Frederick Curtis, clients at Arcare Helensvale St James, this is such a special day to them.
Both Neville and Frederick served in Papua New Guinea during the war, they wore their medals with pride.
Some residents remembered their grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers and relatives who sacrificed their tomorrows for our today.
Neville McKavanagh laid the Wreath for our Service at Arcare Helensvale St James and Frederick Curtis read “The Ode”.
Pamela Burrows read “In Flanders Fields” and other readers were Valerie Green, Residence Manager Fiona Hancock and three students from Griffith University who were on placement here at Arcare Helensvale St James.
The students were happy to participate in the service and many mentioned it will be a day that they will always remember.
After the service clients and their family members enjoyed morning tea of lamingtons and Anzac biscuits.
Each and every birthday at Arcare Helensvale St James is a celebration.
For birthday celebrations, no trimming is spared.
For each birthday a cake is ordered, decorations are in place and a birthday card is filled with lovely messages.
A couple of clients that live at Arcare Helensvale St James make very special cards for their friend’s birthdays and for special occasions.
To top off the day, team members and clients all join in to sing a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
Family and friends often join in on the celebrations as well.
Pamela who recently celebrated her birthday had all her friends come to St James for morning tea.
Pamela said that they were her social group of friends that she used to go out with before she moved to St James.
A couple of her friends mentioned that they love coming to St James, as it is such a lovely atmosphere, they enjoy the coffee at the café and the beautiful gardens.
Shirley is a big fan of Tom Jones and in honour of her birthday everyone was more than happy to sing her a Tom Jones song.
Shirley is known around Arcare Helensvale St James as Lady Jones.