World War II Veteran puts aside nerves to speak at Retirement Village's ANZAC Commemoration.
Dainty sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and steaming cups of coffee and tea were enjoyed by more than 100 Shepparton Villages residents yesterday.
Shepparton Villages chief executive officer Kerri Rivett said the high tea was about honouring the Anzacs.
"Many of our residents are actually in their 90's and it's their fathers and their mothers that went off to war," she said.
"I think you do need to remember the past to not go through what those people actually experienced."
Ms Rivett said it took several weeks to plan the high tea, which included guest speakers Peter Martin from Shepparton RSL and Joe Clarke from Rodney Park.
Mr Clarke said he had not spoken to a large group of people in 70 years.
"I was very nervous to start with, but the fact that I was asked to (contribute) a couple of little stories helped a bit," he said.
Mr Clarke served in World War II for six years and spent time in New Guinea, Borneo and Japan.
He said it was an accident he ended up speaking at the high tea.
"Over at Rodney Park I was asked if I knew any people that could come here," he said.
Mr Clarke said it was suggested he could speak and he agreed to do it.
"I'm always very nervous in front of people - a group like this - but anyway I got through it, so that's the main thing," he said.
Kialla Gardens resident Jack Thewlis comes from a military family, with members of his family involved in World War I and World War II.
"I did my compulsory service, my son was in permanent army for nine years and one of my nephew's sons served in Iraq," he said.
Mr Thewlis said the Anzac Day high tea was a great idea.
"It's very good the way they've done it," he said.
By Sionnie Kelly as published in the Shepparton News, Wednesday, April 22 2015