Lest We Forget: Staff, patients and visitors pay their respects for Anzac Day

Roy McCormack from Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band, Westmead Hospital acting general manager Jenelle Matic, Geoff Holgate from Parramatta RSL sub-branch, Wing Commander Anna-Lisa Hernan, Don Anderson from Parramatta RSL sub-branch, WSLHD acting chief executive Alison Derrett and Ron Brown from Parramatta RSL sub-branch.

“I’m proud to have been supported to serve those who are serving you.”

Wing Commander Anna-Lisa Hernan spoke with solemnity and pride and she delivered the commemorative address at Westmead Hospital’s Anzac Day service.

An emergency department nurse practitioner and Australian Defence Force Reservist, Anna-Lisa spoke of her experience doing the Kokoda Track and what it taught her about the courage of medical personnel under fire.

More than 50 health staff, members of the public and honoured guests were in attendance for the service at 10am on Friday April 22 – the first held by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) to observe Anzac Day this year.

It was followed by a service at Auburn Hospital at 12pm the same day, then on April 26 at Blacktown (10.30am) and Mount Druitt (2.30pm) hospitals.

Hundreds of red poppies were distributed to those paying their respects to all Australian and New Zealander service men and women.

WSLHD acting chief executive Alison Derrett said she was pleased to see many in attendance for the annual services.

“This is an important opportunity for staff, patients and visitors to stop and reflect on the courage and sacrifice of those who have served and died in defence of our freedom,” Alison said.

“I’m proud that we as a health district continue to support our staff who serve today in wartime and peacekeeping operations at home and abroad.”