Avenue of honour

Avenue of honour - Legacy

27 May 2013

Colin, Banora Point NSW

My father, Thomas James Bitmead, passed away at home on the 10 December 1960, aged 40 years. My mother Jessie, aged 37, was left with four young children Ian 6, Colin (me) 8, Lois 11 and Kay 16.
I always remember the Legatee visiting Mum each Friday night and sitting at the kitchen table to see if Mum and the family were OK. Mum survived without direct financial aid but Legacy helped us attending the Legacy dentist. The visits by the Legatee were weekly and have always stuck in my mind.
Years later I am working in a RSL Care facility and many of the residents are veterans. In my own way to repay the kindness that was extended to my family by Legacy I assisted to start a 'Avenue of Honour' at our facility which is on display every Anzac Day and for a few weeks following.
The display was started in 2008, after one of the residents who served in the Merchant Navy on the Montoro passed away, leaving behind his wife who was also a resident at Darlington. Over time other veterans of the village offered their memorabilia for display and we have collected an extensive collection.

PHOTO: RSL Care Darlington Residential Manager Michael O’Connor, RSL Care CEO Craig Mills, Personal Carer Colin Bitmead and Darlington Diversional Therapist Kim Stokes.

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