News – Veterans help residents commemorate ANZAC Day

24 April 2015

At 95 years of age, PresCare Vela resident George Pagan has seen a lot of action during his lifetime.

A former Flight Lieutenant with the Royal Australian Air Force in 77 I/F Squadron, George flew missions and patrols during World War Two in regions including Papua New Guinea – a long way from his hometown of Dubbo, NSW.

PresCare Chief Executive Officer Greg Skelton says the team at Vela are very pleased to have one of their own residents, and a distinguished war veteran to boot, laying the wreath at the facility’s service this year.

“George went from droving cattle in country NSW to flying planes in World War Two to his final career of accountancy,” Mr Skelton said.

“He received a “Mention in Despatches” award during the war, which is the oldest British award and was instituted in Australia in 1920. It was used by commanders at sea or in the field to bring the services of deserving officers to the attention of higher authority.

“Clearly George was a man who did his job well, whether it was droving cattle, providing accounting services, or serving his country during wartime. We’re very proud to have him participate in our ANZAC Day service.”

PresCare is also very pleased to welcome Major Jo Richards, serving in the Australian Army and currently based out at Enoggera Barracks, to participate in the ceremony. Major Richards will speak to the residents and guests during the ANZAC Day ceremony at Vela, giving them an idea of what ANZAC means to her and her fellow soldiers.

PresCare Vela’s ANZAC Day ceremony will be held at 10.30am this morning, Friday 24 April, with Facility Manager Lynda Bury reading the Ode and employee Trish McAllister reading a poem written by a local retiree.