North Haven Hospital’s special Anzac visit
New Zealand and British military veterans from the Hibiscus Coast Community Returned Services’ Association (RSA) spent the afternoon with residents in the North Haven Hospital’s Weiti Wing in the build up to Anzac Day.
On April 18, the RSA’s Kings Empire Veterans, Frank Townley, John Taylor, Max Chilman, Stan Job and Ron Hulse were invited to enjoy a roast lunch with 22 residents to acknowledge and remember those who fought for New Zealand.
Their president, Townley said they were honoured to get invited.
‘‘When people see a serviceman with medals it is a good reminder and a good time to educate generations’’
‘‘It was a good feeling to be able to walk up the corridors and exchange greetings and to be able to talk about what we remember.’’
North Haven’s Jayne Minifie said they love to bring people in to visit the residents.
‘‘A lot of our residents can’t get out on Anzac Day. Today was a chance for all residents to gather and reminisce, they were all very excited.‘‘
In the build up to Anzac Day, the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA will be selling poppies, and will host two services and parades, at 6am and 11am on the day.