On this day of remembrance, we take a moment to reflect upon and commemorate those who have served and who continue to serve Australia and New Zealand in the armed forces.
Some of these will be patients of ours or family and loved ones of patients of ours. Today we will deliver a sprig of rosemary to any veterans who are inpatients. The sprigs come from a dedicated Anzac rosemary tree that has been serving the local RSL and the Anzac Day marches for the last 50 years.
Hanging in our foyer this week is the Arterie Poppy Project. This collaborative artwork echoes the rows of poppies hung in the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to honour and remember the men and women who have served. It was created by inpatients and outpatients as part of the Carterie mobile art program and Open Studio art workshop.
Anzac Day is a reminder of the values of courage, endurance and mateship shown by the men who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915, forming a common spirit that lasts to today.
Visitors are welcome to help themselves to poppies crocheted by patients and staff in the basket sitting under the hanging.
We salute our veterans today. Lest we forget.