Hammondville to reflect on 100th anniversary of Armistice

The south-west Sydney community is invited to join HammondCare residents, clients and staff in reflecting on the legacy of World War I and the sacrifices made by veterans.

November 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the first Armistice Day saw a beginning to the end of the Great War. Many older Australians were born into a nation forever changed by Australia’s involvement in WWI.

To commemorate this important anniversary, HammondCare will be hosting a week of events in Hammondville from November 5-9 with the support of the NSW Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

HammondCare Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services, the Reverend Andrew Nixon, said he hoped the week would be a chance to unite the local community and reflect on a significant historical milestone.

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​​​​Pictured: Items on display at Hammondville

“Remembrance Day is a recognition of Australians who have served, and continue to do so, in many theatres of war. Our Defence Forces have also played significant roles in peacekeeping missions and in response to disasters in Australia and beyond,” Mr Nixon said.

“It’s important to remember that we are a society of people who depend on each other, that we each have a role to play as citizens of the world, and that peace and freedom is something we can never take for granted.

“The week leading up to Remembrance Day will be a chance to reminisce, and to bring together multiple generations to acknowledge the sacrifice of thousands of people who have served in the Defence Forces and beyond to protect our freedoms.”

Mr Nixon, a Royal Australian Navy Reserve chaplain, said the Invictus Games had reminded Australians of the physical and mental sacrifices made by servicemen and women to this day.

The historic Bond House aged care home will feature an evolving art exhibition and memorabilia display throughout the week. Special daily events include a Cadets parade, arts workshop and swing band – see below for full schedule.
The week will conclude with a Memorial Service at 10.30am on Friday, November 9, followed by an Armistice High Tea with special guest speaker Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons.

The events will take place at several HammondCare facilities on Judd Avenue, Hammondville. Any members of the public interested in attending can contact Peter Archer on 8788 3020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remembrance Week program

Day

Activity

Theme/Details

Time

Monday 5th

Opening of Exhibition

War and Wartime Propaganda

All day

 

Poetry and Singalong

In times of war and peace

1.30 - 2.30pm

Tuesday 6th

Exhibition Day 2

Animals and Machines

All day

 

Melbourne Cup

Various activities

 

Wednesday 7th

Exhibition Day 3

Reports of War - Art, photography and journalism

All day

 

Art Competition

Judging of school entries

10 - 11am

 

Cadets Parade

   

Thursday 8th

Exhibition Day 4

War, Romance and Fashion

All day

 

Arts on Prescription Workshop

For HammondCare residents

10am – 12pm

 

Vintage Car Rides

For HammondCare residents and families

10am – 12pm

 

The Armistice Ball

Music and Fashion: 1914 - 1945

1.30 - 3.30pm

   

The Swing Sisters and Band

 
   

Fashion Parade

 

Friday 9th

Remembrance Day Memorial Service

Honouring those who have served

10.30 - 11.30am

 

Armistice High Tea

Including cake decorating competition

1.30 - 2.30pm