THERE were homemade Anzac biscuits, rosemary and the glimmers of vibrant red poppies for as far as the eye could see as Bolton Clarke communities across Queensland came together to commemorate ANZAC Day.
For the Veteran clients of Bolton Clarke and their families, the day offered the chance to reflect on the sacrifices made by their loved ones, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice.
In the Carrington community in Parkinson, Retirement Village residents joined with Residential Aged Care residents, members from St Stevens school and the local Girl Guides group in paying their respects.
After the service, Retirement Village Manager Chantal Swanton-Gallant shared the designs of a mural competition launched to celebrate the site’s veteran heritage.
The designs received so far came from community members from all walks of life including a grade three class from St Stevens school who shared a beautiful poppy design and a community member who prepared a powerful illustration showcasing the Airforce, Army and Navy.
The chosen mural will be unveiled on Remembrance Day this year for the Anniversary of the Armistice.
Across Brisbane, to Bolton Clarke’s Fairview community in Pinjarra Hills, commemorations were also on a significant scale.
Again, the Residential Aged Care and Retirement Village came together with the community and representatives of Kenmore State High School for a morning of reflection.
The school captains of Kenmore made a powerful address, speaking of their late grandparents and the sacrifices they made before living out their final days in the Fairview retirement community.
The service was finalised with a rendition of the New Zealand and Australian national anthems sung by one of the retirement village residents.
Bolton Clarke supports more than 35,000 Veteran clients every year through At Home Support, retirement living and residential aged care services