ANZAC Day 2021: Lest we forget
This morning, Northern Health held our annual ANZAC Day service at Bundoora Centre, with participation from Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Fire Rescue Victoria and 138 Signal Squadron along with local RSL branches.
Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive at Northern Health, delivering the ANZAC Address, said, “It is a special day for Northern Health. Our ANZAC Service is closely associated with our patients, especially those at our Bundoora Centre.”
“Today, we remember those who made the supreme sacrifice of paying with their lives, to make this country a safer place. We express our gratitude to them for the freedom we enjoy and to be able to live in harmony with all those who call Australia home.”
“We thank them for the sacrifice they made, so that we could be safe, kind and together.”
Colin Woodward, Director Engineering and Building Services and Bromwen Battye, Pastoral Care Worker at Bundoora Centre acted as Master of Ceremonies.
Many representatives from Northern Health featured in the service including Kirralee Jensen, Acting Site Director Operations, Director of Nursing, Bundoora Centre, Jennifer Williams AM, Northern Health Board Chair, Peter McWilliam, Northern Health and Northern Health Foundation Board Member, Carolyn Flower, Associate Program Director, Assessment and Transition Service and Lisa Cox, Divisional Director, Nursing, Medicine, Sub-Acute and Emergency Services.
Students of St Damian’s Primary School Choir, Bundoora, sung a hymn and the National Anthem. School captains Zoe and Leila from Northside Christian College helped with the laying of wreaths.
A special thanks to representatives from the Watsonia RSL, Epping RSL, Reservoir RSL, Montmorency-Eltham RSL, Hume City Council and Banyule City Council for joining us to honour those who gave their lives to defend our nation.
“Today we celebrate the many acts of bravery and the selfless examples of compassion and comradeship of those who defended our shores and our nation,” Siva said.