Despite being in lockdown amid COVID-19, Arcare Glenhaven was determined to make this ANZAC Day one to remember, honouring many of its own war veteran, aged care residents.

To commemorate ANZAC Day, Arcare Glenhaven usually holds a special service where family and friends are invited to attend, however this year they needed to take a creative approach. With the help of the Dalla Fontana family, they were able to adhere to lockdown restrictions, while delivering a respectful and moving service.

The team at Arcare Glenhaven received a call from Kathryn Dalla Fontana, a local whose 14-year-old son Luca, wanted to volunteer to play the ‘Last Post’ on his trumpet outside the premises for the residents. Luca didn’t want anyone to miss out on the service, especially the residents who served or had close family members involved in the war.

Arcare arranged for the service to be held out the front of the building, where residents could watch from afar (balconies, inside the foyer and behind the fence – complying with social distancing and lockdown measures).

During the planning phase, Kathryn did some research about the Last Post and offered to read a bit of history about ANZAC Day to share with the residents. Luca and Kathryn were joined on the day by Luca’s sister, Ava who played ‘Amazing Grace’ and the national anthem on her flute.

The Dalla Fontana family helped put together a full ANZAC Day program with live music and a meaningful message.

Arcare Glenhaven and its residents were delighted to experience the live performance and were truly touched that members of the community would volunteer their time to help them commemorate. Especially those who had no connection to the residence.

Among those who truly appreciated the service was 98-year-old Arcare Glenhaven resident, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Fitch who served in the English army in WWII.

Dot was drafted on 17 June 1942 and served with 567 Heavy Ack Ack Battery (British Army).