Standing proudly at three metres tall and 17 metres wide, a sign filled with red poppies and spelling the word “remember” will be a feature in Bundaberg this Anzac Day.
It's not the first time the impressive sign has made an appearance in the region.
The art installation was commissioned and displayed in Buss Park in 2018 as part of a tour for the centenary of Armistice.
The Queensland Government commissioned the art installation, which comprised thousands of poppies made from all over the state.
The aim of the project was to create 57,705 poppies to commemorate the Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said after the tour ended, he wrote to the Premier to acquire the public art piece for the region once it had completed its tour of the state.
He said now it’s significance would be on display again as an important reminder for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Mayor Dempsey said the sign would be installed at the Anzac Pool from next Tuesday for one week.
“The Remember sign will stand alongside the service road off Quay Street in the Bundaberg CBD,” he said.
“As the poppy transcends all Anzac memorial ceremonies, Council believes it will be a fitting tribute at this time to erect it for viewing in-lieu of our communities' traditional ceremonies.”
Remember sign installation process
Mayor Dempsey said Council staff would be hard at work over the next few days to prepare the sign for set-up at the Anzac Park site.
“The installation will include delivery of the shipping containers from the airport to the site on Monday and will be complete by 3pm on Tuesday,” he said.
“There will be security staff onsite from Tuesday through to and including Sunday, 26 April from 6pm to 6am each night to ensure no vandalism to the sign or public gatherings onsite.”
Mayor Dempsey said while the sign would be a major attraction during Anzac Day, he reminded residents to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing rules.
“We understand this installation will be of great interest to the community but we are asking residents to please keep in mind the Coronavirus restrictions in place,” he said.
“A drive-by option is available for the public to view the sign only on your way to or from essential travel.
“Please don't meander around the sign, instead do the drive-by and view from afar.”
The Remember sign will be dismantled and taken offsite on Monday, 27 April.
Visit the Bundaberg Now Facebook page at 10am on Saturday, 25 April for a locally produced Anzac Day video commemoration.
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