Due to Covid19 Anzac Day 2020 is like no other in history. With quiet contemplation replacing services and gatherings.
NZ nurses answered the call to service in 1915, when twelve NZ nurses left NZ to sail to Egypt with a contingent of Australian nurses. Many more followed. They were stationed in Egypt, many frontlines, including Gallipoli on hospital ships.
Today we remember all nurses who have served in war. They are all brave, and have worked in conditions that must have been so challenging. We especially remember the ten ANZAC nurses who were killed when the Marquette transport ship was attacked in WW1. The sinking caused great public outrage as the ship should have been safe from attack. The death of the nurses was felt particularly badly in the South Island, where the majority of them had lived or nursed.
Our nurses are on the frontline again in the fight against Covid19, and their world is a very dangerous place. Bravery in war, and now bravery now in the workplace. Thank you to our nurses xx