Staff and volunteers from Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals have taken time out to commemorate ANZAC day with wreath laying ceremonies.
Both facilities have an ANZAC memorial which were commissioned as part of the hospitals’ arts program to honour those who serviced the nation in military, nursing, medical and support roles.
The Blacktown Hospital memorial honours the 878 servicemen and women from the local area who were associated with World War 1, from a population of approximately 6,000 at the time. The images on the memorial are from the archives of the Australian War Memorial and Commonwealth of Australia.
Matron Margaret Grace “doing the rounds” at Lemnos in Greece is shown on the Mount Druitt memorial whilst on the reverse the image is the sixth field ambulance retrieving wounded soldiers.
Both memorials were supported by Blacktown RSL sub-branch and ANZAC Centenary Local Grants to commemorate the 100 years of ANZAC.
Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ acting general manager laid the wreath at Blacktown Hospital today, in conjunction with hospital volunteers.
“Our hospitals are an important part of the community, so I’m pleased we were able to provide a chance for our staff and visitors to reflect and show our gratitude to those who served our nation” Jude said.
David Lazaro, acting deputy director of nursing and midwifery at Mount Druitt Hospital laid a wreath at Mount Druitt Hospital.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.