New memorial begins its service at Cooinda
COOINDA Aged Care's inaugural Anzac service was held in the purpose-built memorial garden in the courtyard of the new Hibiscus building on Monday.
Around 150 people attended the service, including residents, family members and staff, MC Jules Delgado and special guests from the Gympie West State School.
The service provided many residents with an opportunity which they would not otherwise have had.
The memorial garden has been designed as an area of reflection and includes life-sized metal art structures depicting service men and women, the Australian Military Forces badge and the Anzac service words that are so familiar to us all.
A line of rosemary bushes, the aromatic herb which has become synonymous with Anzac Day, completes the setting.
The school captains from Gympie West took an active role in the proceedings, raising the flag and presenting an address to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.
The Cooinda Residents' Choir, under the guidance of volunteer Jen Chapman, sang two hymns and were joined by all those in attendance.
Residents representing each of Cooinda's four lodges proudly presented wreaths as did the principal and student leaders from Gympie West.
The Ode was recited by Jules Delgado and, after the Last Post and a minute's silence, guests gathered to enjoy refreshments including Anzac biscuits prepared by Cooinda's catering team.