A day of remembrance
On Saturday 2 September, we gathered for a special remembrance service in the beautiful surrounds of Bunurong Memorial Park. The remembrance service provided a comforting space for community to reflect on the unique roles that dads play and connect with others.
We recognise the bond between children and parents or guardians leaves an indelible mark on our lives. The service offered a gentle and heartfelt platform where these relationships could be celebrated. One of the most touching parts of the service was a tribute presentation where a heartwarming montage of memories and messages was played.
Life celebrant David Gouldson guided families through the service with compassion as our Master of Ceremonies, offering meaningful moments for families and community to reflect and remember their parents and guardians.
SMCT Trust Chair Dr Vanda Fortunato delivered a beautiful poem that echoed the sentiments and emotions of the day.
“Fathers and their families, throughout the ages,
Have stood by each other, through life's many stages.
From hunters and gatherers, to farmers and bakers,
Fathers have always been there, through every endeavour and acre.
Through war and peace, through times of feast and famine,
Fathers have been our rock, our shelter and our captain.
They have taught us to be brave, to stand tall and be strong,
And to never give up hope, no matter what may go wrong.
From generation to generation, their legacy lives on,
A bond unbreakable, from dusk until dawn.
Fathers and their families, a story that will never grow old,
For their love and devotion, is worth more than gold.”
- The Ages by Nathaniel Kottmeyer
Families were encouraged to light a candle as a symbolic gesture of remembrance to honour the cherished memories of their loved ones.