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22 April 2022
For the first time since 2019, the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital welcomed more than 100 people to our annual ANZAC Day ceremony today.
Veterans Liaison Officer, Rob Winther, said this year’s event was even more special thanks to the involvement of representatives from the Greek army who are in Australia to celebrate the anniversary of the battles fought in Greece and Crete during World War II.
“COVID has obviously made it very difficult over the last few years to acknowledge ANZAC Day and the contribution of our servicemen and women but it was fantastic to have the event back up and running today,” Rob said.
“We were also incredibly lucky to have members of the Greek Presidential Guard on hand with us to commemorate 80 years since fighting in Greece and Crete. This was particularly special and unique, and came about because of a plaque in the Remembrance Garden honouring these conflicts.
“The group received special permission from the Greek president to take part in today’s ceremony including two members who were dressed in traditional uniforms.
“All in all, it was just great to be back and the weather was kind to us with the sun shining throughout the morning,” he said.
Chief Executive, Adam Horsburgh, welcomed those in attendance.
“The Repat has a long history of caring for veterans and, as we stand here together today, we will all have our own memories of family and friends who have served our country,” Adam said.
“No matter where you are on this campus there are reminders of this heritage and the contribution made by veterans to our country. These reminders are especially poignant on a day like today.
“A big thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s ANZAC Day service.
“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support we receive from so many organisations, community groups, patients and families that help us to provide care to those who need it,” he said.
The 2022 ANZAC service was featured on Nine News Friday 22 April - https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/1517419825890570240?s=20