ANZAC Day: Lest We Forget
This morning, Northern Health held our annual ANZAC Day Service at Bundoora Centre.
Our ANZAC Day Service has been closely associated with our patients for over a decade, particularly those at Bundoora Centre. The service provided an opportunity for us to come together to remember, reflect and pay tribute to those who made great sacrifices to make our country a safer place.
Our Master of Ceremonies, Dr Bill Shearer, Executive Director, Quality Safety and Transformation and Lisa Cox, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, opened the service.
“On 25 April, 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on Gallipoli, the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War,” Bill said.
“Today, we remember and honour the 60,000 Australians who were killed, and 156,000 wounded or taken prisoner in that war. We remember the more than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses, who volunteered for active service in the First World War. We also remember over 800 Aboriginal Australians who landed at Gallipoli, 13 of whom were killed in action.”
Many representatives from Northern Health featured in the service including Jennifer Williams AM, Board Chair, Peter McWilliam, Board Director and Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive.
Our very own Northern Health Choir participated in their first ANZAC Day Service, singing The Lord’s Prayer, National Anthem and I Am Australian.
College captains of Northside Christian College, Abigail Ramanathan and Isabelle Kluchkovsky, delivered the ANZAC Address.
A special thanks to representatives from Epping RSL, Reservoir RSL, Watsonia RSL, Ambulance Victoria, Defence Force School of Signals and RSL Victoria for joining us today to honour those who defended our country.
Featured image: Corporal Shawn Hill, Defence Force School of Signals