ANZAC Day commemoratory services are held across Regis’ aged care facilities every year to remember the sacrifice of Australian’s and New Zealanders who served and died in wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations. The 25th April is always a special event at facilities with residents marking the day with community members, staff and of course family and friends.
This year Regis’ Port Stephens aged care facility hosted a memorial service on the 24th April with particular significance as three distinguished residents were recognised with medals for bravery and dedication in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Special recognition was given for esteemed veteran Dr. Barnes for his medical work saving lives in the field in the Korean War.
Gina, Regis Lifestyle Coordinator at Port Stephens arranged for the local RSL dignitaries Sergeant Ben Edwards and President of Legacy Doug Jacka to attend as well as 7 RAAF personnel to conduct a memorial ceremony at the service. Residents participated by laying wreaths, a tribute was read to Dr Barnes and a service report afterwards the event finished with songs God Save the Queen, National Anthem and Abide with Me.
Facility Manager Jill said, “ANZAC is always a really special event at our facility however this year was extra special with RAAF service men assisting with the ceremony.”
Thank you to all RSL dignitaries, community members and RAAF personnel attending this event. You made this memorial service an exceptional one, creating a lasting impression with residents and staff.