‘We remember those who died in battle, and share the sorrow of those who mourn them’: Anzac Day services across Western Sydney Local Health District

Patients, staff and executives have commemorated Anzac Day this year with powerful services held at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Crowds gathered outside Auburn, Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Westmead Hospitals on Monday, 24 April to mark the significant event; a blanket of silence rippling across those gathered during compelling renditions of the Last Post.

With guests including members of the armed forces, RSLs and local community childcare centres, wreaths were laid to honour those who have given their lives to keep us safe.

“Anzac Day is a time when we remember the Australians and New Zealanders who suffered in the great tragedy of war,” Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals General Manager, Brad Ceeley said.

“We remember with pride their hope, passion and comradery.

“Not only do we honour the memory of those who have died in battle, but we share the sorrow of those that have mourned them – all of whom have been victims of armed conflict.”

Speaking at the Blacktown Hospital service, the hospital’s Catholic Chaplin, Sister Rita Apura, urged those gathered to reflect on the too-short lives of those who have died in conflict, and the sacrifice they made.

“The young servicepeople who have died are unable to speak here today,” she said.

“Nevertheless, they are heard in remembrance services like this.

“They speak to us in the silence – they say to us: ‘We were young and happy then. We have died – please remember us. Our deaths are not ours, they belong to you and only you can give them meaning.’”