Macarthur Gardens Retirement Village held a special event for our armed services and their residents in October 2015 to pay tribute to Memorial Dedication Day and unveil a new Village Memorial stone. Staff and visitors to the village attended the 50 minute ceremony followed by a community morning tea.
The service began with a traditional Smoking Ceremony by the Dhwarwal people, ‘Welcome to Country’.
Local politicians, Russell Matheson and Greg Warren, attended and both spoke passionately about the Anzacs and the significance of our ‘Spirit of Anzac’ grevilleas which are planted near the memorial site.
The memorial site was funded largely from a ‘Saluting their Service’ Federal grant while the rest of the site was developed with the help of donations. Our Village Manager, Deborah Magro said “One of our residents, Mr Bob Hall was instrumental in helping us receive the federal grant. He completed the lion’s share of organising the whole undertaking. We really have his tenacity and drive to thank for this memorial.”
Other official guests included local Police Inspector Jason Inkster, Gordon “Dutchy” Holland, President of the Sub-branch of Campbelltown RSL, Dr T Hall from Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Mayor Paul Hawker and the Principal of Robert Townson School Raby, Linda Green.
Many of the official guests laid flowers at the Memorial during the service and Greg Warren donated a book to the Village library and a framed dedication certificate to be displayed in the Clubhouse.
Children from Robert Townson Public School sang the National Anthem and other hymns and the occasion was also marked by the unveiling of a new bronze plaque.
The ceremony concluded with the 145 Signals Squadron forming a Catafalque Party and a Bugler from the Australian Army Band playing from on top of the Clubhouse Hill.
Laura Hudson, our Macarthur Gardens Sales Professional said, “It was an incredible morning as the generations came together to give thanks at our Anzac Memorial. We will remember them.”