War nurses remembered

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on October 22, 2020

THE sacrifices and efforts of Australian nurses during war and peacetime will be remembered at a special ceremony this weekend in Albany.

The Nurses Memorial Service will take place this Sunday, October 25 from 2pm at the RSL Nurses Memorial Garden on Proudlove Parade.

This year is the 83rd year the ceremony has been held in Albany and marks 45 years since the end of the Vietnam War.

Nurses Remembrance Association of Albany Secretary Heather Malacari said the Vietnam War would have particular emphasis in this year’s service.

“A lot of the nurses weren’t allowed to talk about their experiences from this time, so here is the chance for those stories to be told,” she said.

“Our keynote speaker, Sue Lefroy, will be talking about the nurses who were in South Vietnam.”

Ms Malacari said the nurse memorial service recognised all nurses from all time periods, including those working during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the challenges we’ve had this year, especially for our nurses on the frontline, it would be so lovely for our present-day nurses to be recognised,” she said.

RSL Special Functions Chair Michael Tugwell will give the opening address, followed by a guard mount of police rangers, Guides and Scouts.

After the Australian and New Zealand national anthems, Museum of the Great Southern Manager Catherine Salmaggi will give the welcome address.

Reverend Helen Barnard will say the prayer, read from the Bible and give the Benediction, and Julie Bright from the Nurses Remembrance Association of Albany will read the Ode.

The Year 10 Girls Choir from Great Southern Grammar will perform I’ll Never Find Another You, and join with attendees to sing Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.

The City of Albany Band will play the Last Post and Rouse.

Ms Malacari will read the poem At Your Side He Will Remain, written by Becky Coleman.

Following the proceedings, attendees are welcome to an afternoon tea at the RSL clubrooms under the Stirling Club, on Stirling Terrace.