Anzac Day Service from a Social Distance

May 5, 2020

Although we cannot attend Anzac Day services this year, Australian’s are finding new ways to honour our brave servicemen and women past and present. Residents, Josie and Patsy have been hosting Anzac Day services at Mayflower Brighton for many, many years. While our traditional service has been cancelled due to coronavirus, the pair still wanted to honour the fallen, with social-distancing in place.

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The ladies kindly recorded a service to share with our many aged care residents who usually come together as a large group to commemorate ANZAC day.

In the video Josie and Patsy share their remarks about the importance of ANZAC day, mark one minutes silence following The Last Post, and share a few songs that they are renowned for singing at our regular service.

Once the one minute of silence is complete, The Rouse is played. The Rouse is a short tune, played at commemorations to announce that the duty of the dead is over and they can rest in peace.

Both Josie and Patsy moved into Mayflower as independent living residents in 2003, putting their skills for organising a lively show to good use, running the monthly happy hour with great success, as well as serving on the residents’ committee. We are very thankful for their contribution to the Mayflower community, and appreciate the efforts they make to keep our residents connected.

You can read more about Josie and Patsy’s life, by visiting this link /news/latest-stories/meet-josie-and-patsy/


Anzac Day commemorations have never looked the same, however Josie and Patsy, Mayflower residents couldn’t stand idle and put their hands up to help us hold an Anzac Day service from a social distance.