Bundaberg Region residents will be able to overcome coronavirus restrictions and commemorate Anzac Day together online through a specially produced local video.
Council has compiled a 30-minute tribute with assistance from RSL sub-branches, veterans, Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band, schools and community members.
The video will go live on the Bundaberg Now Facebook page at 10am on Saturday, 25 April and will stay online for later viewing.
Viewers will be able to leave comments and honour the memory of those who served.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the video would enable residents to connect with each other and maintain the Anzac tradition.
“The 25th of April is a special day in the hearts of many people,” he said.
“It’s a time to reflect and honour our gallant servicemen and women, to share stories and mateship.
“Many people will feel a greater sense of loss this year – not only for fallen comrades and relatives but also the camaraderie that goes with Anzac Day.
“The video is a way to defy COVID-19, come together and show our respect.”
When he raised the idea several weeks ago, Mayor Dempsey was approached by the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band, which this year would have marked its centenary of marching in front of veterans.
“The Anzac Day video includes a moving performance by a lone piper and drummer,” he said.
“Other segments include a hymn and anthems, musical performances from local schools, interviews with veterans and the Last Post.
“There are images throughout the video of local service personnel, past Anzac Day parades and the many memorials which are scattered throughout the Bundaberg Region.”
The Anzac Day video was produced by Council’s communications team at no cost to ratepayers.