Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ELLEN RANSLEY, SAM TURNER

MIL­LIONS of Queens­lan­ders have been or­dered to stay at home this Satur­day, April 25 but RSL Queens­land has come up with a way for ev­ery per­son to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day and re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices of Aus­tralia’s war he­roes like never be­fore.

Although the veteran com­mu­nity was dev­as­tated by the mass can­cel­la­tion of all An­zac Day ser­vices in the hopes it would curb the spread of Covid-19, RSL Queens­land pres­i­dent Tony Fer­ris said he had since been over­whelmed by the wide­spread en­thu­si­asm to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day in a new for­mat.

“Peo­ple shared so many ideas with us for al­ter­na­tive ways to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day,” Mr Fer­ris sad.

“One that kept com­ing up was the idea of gath­er­ing at the end of our drive­ways at dawn.

“And, just like An­zac Day, this is an idea that be­longs to the Aus­tralian peo­ple.”

Towns across the North Burnett have since adapted to the so­cial dis­tanc­ing re­stric­tions, hop­ing to hon­our our Dig­gers for An­zac Day.

Gayn­dah RSL Sub-branch pres­i­dent Vicki Mad­dern said the town would be us­ing Burnett River Ra­dio to host their ser­vice on Satur­day.

“If avail­able, and you in­tend to stand at the end of your drive­way, take your ra­dio and a can­dle with you for the ser­vice,” Ms Mad­dern said.

Tune in 91.5FM at 5.45am to hear Ms Mad­dern lead the dawn ser­vice over the air­waves.

The ser­vice will be­gin with an ac­knowl­edg­ment to coun­try, fol­lowed by a hymn, prayer, com­mem­o­ra­tive ad­dress, the Ode, Last Post, Reveille, the na­tional an­them, and the clos­ing ad­dress.

For the full or­der of ser­vice, head to the Cen­tral and North Burnett Times web­site, or visit A Lit­tle Dif­fer­ent Cafe on Cap­per St, Gayn­dah.

Eidsvold po­lice will be play­ing the Last Post at 6am from their sta­tion and en­cour­age res­i­dents to stand on their drive­ways to re­spect the fallen.

Biggen­den RSL Sub­Branch has also called on its com­mu­nity to stand at the end of their drive­ways at 6am for the light­ing of the dawn.

Sub-branch pres­i­dent Kevin Mur­ree said as dawn ser­vices were can­celled this year, this was one sim­ple way for the com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber those who had served and sac­ri­ficed their lives for this na­tion.

“If the town ser­vice had gone ahead it would not have been the same, with pa­rade mar­shall and for­mer Viet­nam veteran Kevin ‘Lofty’ Wendt pass­ing ear­lier this year af­ter his bat­tle with can­cer,” Mr

Mur­ree said.

Monto and Mun­dub­bera RSL Sub-Branches are not host­ing of­fi­cial dawn ser­vices this year, and are en­cour­ag­ing the towns res­i­dents to com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion in their own way.

On Satur­day at 6am, Queens­lan­ders are asked to stand at the end of their drive­ways, on their bal­conies, in their pad­docks or in their liv­ing rooms and ‘light up the dawn’.

“RSL Queens­land will stream a short com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice, com­pris­ing the Ode, the Last Post, a minute’s si­lence, Reveille and the na­tional an­them from rslan­zac­spirit.com.au,” Mr Fer­ris said.

“There are other ideas on how to mark An­zac Day this year, in­clud­ing mak­ing a poppy or rose­mary wreath, serv­ing up your own Gun­fire Break­fast, bak­ing An­zac bis­cuits, or plant­ing rose­mary in your gar­den.”

Mr Fer­ris said RSL Queens­land was de­ter­mined to keep the An­zac spirit alive this Satur­day.

“Right now, Aus­tralia is fac­ing an un­prece­dented chal­lenge, and the qual­i­ties evoked by our An­zac spirit – in­ge­nu­ity, hu­mour, en­durance, courage and mate­ship – are more im­por­tant than ever,” he said.

Pic­ture: Sam Turner

COM­MEM­O­RA­TION IN A CRI­SIS: “At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn­ing, we will re­mem­ber them. Lest we for­get.” Those are the words North Burnett res­i­dents re­cite each An­zac Day as they join the coun­try in pay­ing trib­ute to our ser­vice­men and women, past and present. This year will be no dif­fer­ent, de­spite the can­cel­la­tion of ser­vices due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Colleen and Lilly Mad­dern are just two of thou­sands of North Burnett res­i­dents ready to hon­our the coun­try’s Dig­gers this Satur­day. Read about how you can pay your re­spects in the North Burnett this An­zac Day in­side to­day.

Pic­ture: Sam Turner

AN­ZAC DAY TRIB­UTE: Colleen and Lilly Mad­dern are de­ter­mined not to let Covid-19 re­stric­tions stop them from pay­ing their re­spects on Satur­day.

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