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A Special ANZAC Day Gathering

Mr David Jackson, Ms Carrie James and son Photo credit: Vince Lethbridge

On the 26th of April, amidst the gentle autumn breeze and the solemnity of the occasion, the residents of Carinya gathered to pay tribute to our nation's heroes on ANZAC Day. This year's service was made even more special as we were joined by two esteemed guests who graced us with their presence and profound words.

Mr. David Jackson, President of the Leongatha RSL, stood tall amongst us, embodying the spirit of remembrance and respect. His presence lent a sense of tradition and honour to the proceedings, reminding us all of the sacrifices made by those who came before us.

But the day held an even deeper significance as we welcomed our second esteemed guest, Ms. Carrie James, from the Royal Australian Navy. Ms. James, a daughter of our very own cook Nadine, was not only a distinguished guest but a cherished member of our community, hailing from the familiar streets of Korumburra.

Ms. James delivering a heartfelt speech Photo credit: Vince Lethbridge

Ms. James, with over 20 years of service in the Navy and still actively serving, brought with her a wealth of experience and a profound connection to the values we hold dear. Her achievements within the Navy spoke volumes, but it was her heartfelt speech that truly moved us all.

But the day held a personal touch as well. Ms. James made a special visit to our wonderful resident Topsie Cairns (pictured below with Airforce members during their visit in 2022) , who served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). Ms. James' visit was able to bridge generations of service women in one room.

Behind the scenes, our Leisure and Wellbeing team worked tirelessly to ensure the day was a fitting tribute to our veterans. We extend our heartfelt thanks to them for organising this memorable event. Special appreciation goes to team member Ian for providing his original ANZAC-inspired paintings for display, adding a touch of artistic reverence to the occasion.

To Mr. Jackson and Ms. James, and to our dedicated Leisure and Wellbeing team, we extend our deepest gratitude for making this ANZAC Day service one to remember. Your contributions and efforts have touched the hearts of our community, reminding us all of the importance of honouring and remembering our heroes.

Carinya shares a long history of honouring our service men and women. Our original units built between 1972 and 1979 with the view to support widows of war, however, over the 45 years of the aged care facility being built, we have seen and had the privilege to care for many war veterans. Their stories, their sacrifices, and their unwavering spirit continue to inspire us each and every day.

As we reflect on this day of remembrance, let us carry forward the spirit of unity, gratitude, and respect that binds us as a community and as a nation. Lest we forget.

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