Anzac Day Art 2020
This Anzac Day was deeply meaningful to me.
It's such an important moment in the year to reflect on service and sacrifice. Add COVID 19 into the mix and......wow. :(
We worked together with Gordon Community Centre and Amala Aged Care in Canberra to write Anzac Penpal Letters to their older residents. This was an incredibly emotional thing for me and such a great way to keep connections with Aged Care residents.
I have a deep connection with Aged Care through our Intergenerational Learning Program at my Early Childhood Centre. I am the facilitaor for this progam and have been devastated by the severing of this connection with the Aged Care residents. We had to stop going to Bupa across the road to protect the health of the residents and staff during COVID 19. They are always in my thoughts. I was so grateful to be given the opportunity to connect with Amala Aged care residents through the art collaboration with Gordon Community Centre.
On Anzac Day, I had tears dripping down my face as I watched the dawn service on my television.
I cried when I heard the haunting call of the Didgeridoo at dawn. (played by by Lynton Robbins, a Kamilaroi man of the Royal Australian Navy.)
I cried when a Nurse (DURING A PANDEMIC!) gave the national address to the viewers watching at home. I actually got goosebumps.
Retired RAAF Wing Commander Sharon Bown was an aeromedical evacuation nurse and called on all Australians to summon the Anzac Spirt. Talk about emotion and reflection during these times. I was so glad that I got up early to witness it. It's seared into my brain forever.
The children at our Early Childhood Centre in Canberra had worked together with our team of staff to create some beutiful Anzac art tributes. I also received LOTS of Anzac art from Art For Aged Care kids across Australia. I have sent some of these images digitally to the many Aged Care facilities that are a part of our art initiative community.
I'll let these Anzac pictures speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy looking at them. :)
Wishing you a restful and reflective Anzac Long Weekend.
Lest We Forget.