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A reflection on those who served, and continue to serve

I have been blessed to have visited and worked in many retirement villages across Australia, and for more than two decades I have witnessed firsthand the significance of Anzac Day for our residents.

It is a time when they connect with their personal history and experiences, and for many, it holds a special place in their hearts.

I have met many residents over the years who have served in wars or had family members who did. They share their stories with me, and I see the pride and emotion in their eyes as they talk about their service to our country.

Working with Village Managers and residents, I have seen the joint efforts made to ensure Anzac Day remains significant in their community. From commemorative services to outings to local events and Dawn Services, everyone comes together to honour and pay respect to those who have sacrificed, served, and continue to serve our country.

As someone who has never fought in a war, I may not fully comprehend the experiences and sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. However, I can take a moment to reflect, recognize and honour their sacrifices in the company of our residents and within our wider community.

On this Anzac Day, let us remember and pay our respects to those who have served our country.

Lest we forget.

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