Moving ANZAC Day Service at Japara Capel Sands

The hard work of a resident and his family has helped ensure that the ANZAC Day service at our Japara Capel Sands Nursing Home facility was one that would live long in the memories of those in attendance.

Resident Bob and his family hand knitted and crocheted 100 poppies between last Remembrance Day and now, before Bob attached each one to wire stems so they could stand up. These were added to 20 existing poppies, creating a stunning display around the flagpole at the facility.

Bob described it as “a labour of respect and honour” a fitting description given the day being commemorated. A returned serviceman, Peter Day, conducted the service, with Bob also being given the honour of laying the wreath during the service on behalf of all at the Capel Sands aged care facility.

A special thanks also to the great work of Glenys, who raised the flag during the service. Diversional Therapy Coordinator Jill Barclay described the day as “special”.

Bob is determined to continue his labour of respect and honour, with plans to double the amount of poppies currently available in time for Remembrance Day this year.

This is his way of showing his gratitude, having volunteered to serve the military when he lived in England, but never being drafted.

Many other aged care facilities across the Japara family also took part in, or held ANZAC Day services to commemorate past and current soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.

Some also decided to get creative to mark the occasion, decorating their facilities with flags, photos and wreaths.

These services allowed an opportunity for many residents across our facilities to reflect upon lost friends and past memories, whilst also celebrating the comradery they experienced, and good times post war. A special thanks to all the Japara staff and residents who allowed for these moving services to be held.

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