Our community comes together at Kokoda Track dawn service.
The sacrifice of our servicemen and women and their families is commemorated each year at Concord Hospital with a service at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.
On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered at dawn for a moving service led by broadcaster John Gatfield and special guests, His Excellency the Honourable General David Hurley, Governor of NSW and Mrs Linda Hurley.
In his address, His Excellency encouraged guests to reflect on service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations in the century since.
“In this tranquil, beautiful, respectful location, let’s reflect what this week means as a nation - think beyond ourselves and reflect on what others have done for us,” he said.
In preparation for the event, the call went out to hospital volunteers and auxiliary networks for knitted red poppies to be used in an installation at the Track at Brays Bay, on the banks of the Parramatta River.
This giant display was revealed at the service, and will remain as a tribute to the heroes of Gallipoli and the thousands of servicemen and women, including doctors and nurses who have embodied the spirit of ANZAC.
Concord Hospital has a proud history and longstanding connection with our veterans and their loved ones and we would like to thank all those who made the service possible.
In particular, thanks to City of Canada Bay, Concord RSL Club, RSL Youth Choir, NSW Corrective Services band, Rotary Club of Concord and Five Dock for providing breakfast, local schools and an army of volunteers from Concord Hospital, Defence, Police and State Emergency Service.
Lest We Forget.