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