Peace down garden path

RESIDENTS at Victoria Grange aged care centre — home to more than 30 veterans and war widows — have a new commemorative garden where they can reflect on Australia's wartime history.

"It's a nice place to gather and reflect," said Victoria Grange residential services manager, Joanne Hill.

"The aged care home is their home and it's just nice to have a special place where they can go as a group of veterans to just have some time out."

The garden will also be used for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.

Ms Hill said that the location of the garden inside the aged care centre meant that mobility was now less of an issue.

"A number of them are still on frames and still mobile but . . . if they're in a wheelchair or other sorts of chairs, they need assistance for us to physically take them out there.

"That convenience factor is really important for them."

The garden, which includes a flagpole and plaque, was made possible by help from several organisations in Glen Waverley and Vermont South.

The Waverley RSL donated $1789 and Bunnings Vermont South designed the garden and donated plants and materials.

Waverley RSL and Victoria Grange have worked together for a number of years, organising commemorative services and a courtesy bus to the RSL for residents.

"We support them, they support us," said Waverley RSL appeals officer, Geoff Dare.

The Waverley RSL will continue to support veterans and war widows at Victoria Grange through Remembrance and Anzac Day appeals.

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