AS part of Caulfield Shule’s weekly visit to Arcare, a special service was held for Remembrance Day.
Veteran Gunner Lewis, an Arcare resident, was the guest of honour.
Lewis spoke about his time serving his country and thanked all those who served with him and have served since. Rabbi Daniel Rabin of Caulfield Shule sang some special songs with the attendees and then read a poem he had written about honouring the women and men who have made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to have the freedoms we all enjoy.
“It was a true honour to meet and hear from Gunner and to conduct a small Remembrance Day ceremony in tribute to Gunner and all veterans and current service women and men. He is a true inspiration and I look forward to him celebrating his 102nd birthday!” said Rabbi Rabin.
“It is a highlight of my week to join the residents of Arcare each Friday afternoon before Shabbat to bring the spirit and songs of Shabbat to them.”
Rabbi Rabin joined those gathered in a minute of silence, although also explained that we should celebrate the noise we are able to enjoy because of [our veterans’] sacrifice.
“The sound of the voices of laughter and joy we hear when spending time with family and friends, the sound of the voices heard when cheering on our favourite sport team. The sound of the voices heard when we pray together at shule and sing along with the chazan to the wonderful melodies of the prayers. This is what we should reflect on and show gratitude for on this important day.”