Lest we forget: Western Sydney Local Health District’s special Remembrance Day services

Blacktown Hospital Remembrance Day commemoration

Auburn, Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Westmead Hospitals in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) marked Remembrance Day in separate, very moving, ceremonies.

On 11 November 1918, after four years of continuous warfare, the guns of the Western Front went silent.

German leaders had signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War.

At 11am on the 11th of November 2022 WSLHD staff, volunteers and patients observed one minute of silence in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars, peacekeeping missions and armed conflicts.

Known as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, the day is commemorated across the country in many different ways.

Inspired by In Flanders Fields, a poem written in 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, poppies were adopted as a symbol of commemoration after the war and were worn across WSLHD.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals marked the day at their respective Anzac Memorial spaces where bugler and trumpet players performed the The Last Post and The Rouse. 

The occasion was honoured at Auburn and Westmead Hospitals with an audio broadcast of The Ode of Remembrance followed by one minute of silence at 11am.

WSLHD commemorates the loss of Australian lives from all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.