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Age shall not weary them

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Remembrance Day in Australia pays respect to men and women everywhere who have died in war, and acknowledges all our service personnel, current and past.

Today at Holy Spirit Residential Aged Care in Croydon, a touching Remembrance Day service was led by Pastoral Care Coordinator, Tom Hall.

“It’s important to hold these commemorations because they help people stay connected with the traditions of their past,” says Tom.

“Many of our residents have family and friends who were involved in active service. Our Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day services help to bring the community together and provide a quiet moment to acknowledge and reflect on the past.

“It’s a privilege to assist people to reengage in precious memories even if the memories can be painful.”

Pauline and her husband Brian, who is a resident at Holy Spirit, proudly wore service medals belonging to family members who served in World War Two. Together with over 50 residents, Pauline and Brian participated in The Ode, the raising of the Australian flag and a minute’s silence at 11:00am.

The Ode recited at Remembrance Day is the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen, first published in the London Times in 1914.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.