Rather than me telling you about the visit to Headquarters Joint Operations Command I thought I would ask those who attended to describe their morning.
It was an honour to be invited to participate in the HQJOC ANZAC day Commemorative Service and to join them for morning tea.
We were met by a very bubbly WOCDR Lesley Carney who escorted us and looked after us for the morning. It was a beautiful day which had me wishing I had a hat like Clarissa had. Jan-Maree had us all there nice and early so we wouldn't miss any thing, so early that in fact we had time for a cuppa and sing a long before the ANZAC service. Yes a sing a long and Arthur even tinkled the ivory with a few tunes. After successfully passing through security we were welcomed by Andrew Templeton and Chaplain Garry Hooper and shown to our seats at the Joint Operations Command Memorial. It was a very moving service and I felt very saddened when all 62 names of the fallen were read out.
Before and after the service we were approached by numerous service men and women telling us about their quilts and laundry bags. It is great to hear their stories and of how the quilts and laundry bags brighten up their day, their deployment and their room. They told us funny stories about the things they requested on their quilts and when they ran around and showed every one when they received their quilt. It was wonderful to hear first hand how our quilts and laundry bags put smiles on their faces. Morning tea was a wonderful spread of yummy food, and you had to get in quick to get a scone and a sausage roll. My sausage roll went cold as I was too busy talking to people about quilts and chatting with my fellow AHQ members.
The room went very quiet when Jan-Maree presented three very beautiful quilts to be hung in the canteen. There was lots of discussion about the quilts and everyone was wishing that they could sneak them out in their pockets.
I had a wonderful morning being part of a special ceremony and meeting so many lovely and grateful people. Here I was thanking them for their service and sacrifices and they are thanking me for taking the time to make them a quilt and laundry bag. Very humbling and put a put a great big big smile on my face.
Thank you Jan-Maree for inviting me and thank you HQJOC.
This gorgeous central quilt was made by Sandy C from Coffs Harbour after collaboration regarding the design with JOC personnel and myself. Didn't she do a fabulous job.
I look forward to hearing they are in place.
Till next time... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!