Remembrance Day commemorates the signing of the armistice marking the end of World War I on November 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
This year marked the 99th year since the armistice and many of our Seasons communities held Remembrance Day ceremonies, allowing our residents to pay their respects and past-servicemen and women to participate in a ceremony surrounded by their fellow residents and family members.
Seasons Kallangur has a special tie to the Anzac spirit, thanks to its location on Anzac Avenue. Stretching from Redcliffe through to Petrie, the Anzac Memorial Avenue
road project provided employment for the returned World War I soldiers who were struggling to find work when they arrived back home.
While providing much-needed employment, it also accommodated the steadily increasing volume of traffic as car usage grew within Queensland and reduced Redcliffe’s isolation from the heart of the city.
A range of war memorials, plaques and parks paying homage to those who fought in World War I line the road, including the Kallangur Town Centre Memorial Park Arch.
This year’s Remembrance Day ceremony was moving and poignant, with the rain holding off long enough to allow a large number of residents to pay their respects.
Past serviceman Bill Clayton (below) raised the flag at half-mast before the crowd was welcomed by Officiate Ian Smith. Resident Arthur Rosbrook read his own poem, The Man at my Gate, about a returned serviceman sharing about his life in the first World War. Frank Dowes then read the poem In Flanders Field by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
Residents had the opportunity to lay wreaths by the front garden memorial before the crowd joined together for a minute’s silence.
Marking important occasions is important to Seasons staff and residents, with celebrations and ceremonies held throughout the year to mark anniversaries, birthdays, remember past residents and special days such as Anzac Day, Easter and Christmas.