Each year on April 25, the nation stops to remember those who have given life and limb to defend our freedom.
The date commemorates the Gallipoli landing by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in 1915; a disastrous campaign that came to define the ‘Anzac spirit’ of courage, camaraderie and sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds.
Since WWII it has been observed as a day to pay tribute to all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
In the lead-up to the public holiday, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) will be holding Anzac Day memorial services at four hospitals.
WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy has invited staff and the general public to attend one of the services.
“Anzac Day on Thursday 25th April commemorates an important part of our nation’s history,” Graeme said.
“It’s a national day of remembrance when we pay our respects to all Australians and New Zealanders who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, and all those who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
“It is also a time for us to pay tribute to all of the doctors and nurses who demonstrated great courage and compassion in caring for the sick and wounded during periods of war.”
Anzac Day Memorial Services
Auburn Hospital: Wednesday, April 24, 3-4pm at the main entrance.
Blacktown Hospital: Tuesday, April 23, 10.30-11.30am at the Anzac Memorial.
Mount Druitt Hospital: Tuesday, April 23, 3-4pm at the Anzac Memorial.
Westmead Hospital: Wednesday, April 24, 10.30am-11.30am at the main entrance near REN.