From the service organisers, to our War Widows, distinguished guests, school children and the wider community who joined us, your presence and contribution made this a truly memorable morning.
A special mention goes to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway for joining with us this year to host a very touching, unique and professional commemoration.
For our members unable to join us in person, we hope you valued the small crosses we mailed to you for your own special commemoration. Perhaps you were even able to join us online for the livestream on the day. You may have even heard us on 2UE or 2GB. Our service was also featured on Channel 9 evening news.
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to share our Field of Remembrance service with your family on Facebook and YouTube and this special edition of our newsletter in which we share some of your personal tributes, special moments captured, and photos of the day.
United once again
There was a certain sense of togetherness, unity and friendship felt during the Field of Remembrance Service this year – something we had been missing during the height of the pandemic.
Although our service was solemn and reflective, it was also a pleasure to see so many of our War Widows come together to not only commemorate their loved ones, but to catch up with long-time friends over a cuppa after the service.
We have received great feedback from some of you. “A beautiful service. Well done to all the organisers and War Widows”, “Very moving”, “Inspirational address” and “Today was very special to many War Widows. Thank you” are just some of the messages from our members.
Thank you to all our members for making this a very moving and special service.
Women and families united
This year’s Field of Remembrance service not only honoured those who have served and fallen, but also acknowledged the role of women and families. Joanna Turner, AWW NSW member led the audience in prayer for those serving in the Armed forces and their families. Our CEO Renee Wilson shared her personal family experience of war in her ANZAC Day address. It was a moving and poignant speech that gave another side to women’s experiences of war.
We were proud to come to together in the spirit of ANZAC, to commemorate, reflect and thank those have, and continue to serve.
The spirit of ANZAC lives on in all of us. It is our duty to share our stories with our children and grandchildren. It is a time to remember our loved ones and to not only pass on the legacy of those who landed on the shores at Gallipoli, but all those affected by war and conflict over the years.