THANK YOU

Good morning and now that the hype and awe over yesterday’s Dawn Service has settled I’d like to personally thank everyone for their kind comments that flowed from the event which took place on a perfect Bargara morning.

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A Perfect ANZAC Dawn – 25th April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Janette Cassidy)

These types of events don’t happen without a lot of hard work and support and when I say “support” I don’t just mean from our INCREDIBLE SPONSORS but also from every man, woman & child that attended the Service to pay their respects. For me it was one of the most moving experiences of my life as I’ve never have I seen a community so united for a common cause as I did yesterday – well done!

I’m not going to name those individuals and businesses who made it such a success here because I’m bound to leave someone out but when time permits, I’ll certainly be giving them recognition. I will however make special mention of the members of the Bargara Commemorative Committee and the volunteers who helped out yesterday. They did a fantastic job which enabled the event to go off without a hitch.

I do however have to publicly apologise to young Storm Kennedy from Bargara State School for not having her name on my running sheet. It was given to me at fairly short notice and whilst I updated the online program, I didn’t get around to saving it on the draft running sheet. My sincere apologies Storm.

Special thanks to the Commander & Crew of HMAS Benalla for their participation and for coming up with a contingency at short notice when it was discovered that their vessel couldn’t berth in Bundaberg. To ensure their commitment to attend, they berthed in Gladstone and then drove overnight to the attend the service.

Another special “thank you” to the Royal Australian Navy for authorising the TS Bundaberg Navy Cadets Gunnery Crew to participate in this years’ event by firing a three round salute from their 1901 navy fieldpiece which was a much appreciated feature. This level of community engagement by the Navy is to be applauded and my thanks to LCDR Rayner and his crew and also to his superior(s) who authorised their participation and their tenacity in making it happen.

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TS Bundaberg Naval Salute – 25th April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Janette Cassidy)

Most attendees wouldn’t be aware but a number of local off-duty Police Officers provided covert security in their own time for the event and this is simply another example of how far community support for it extended. These men and women do a fantastic job every day but to give up their personal time to ensure our safety is amazing. Many thanks to each and every one of you for your presence & professionalism.

I also need to make special mention of the Mustang pilots, Mark Hall & Brian Stephens who provided the most spectacular aerial salute that I’ve seen. Brian’s poignant commentary that we arranged through the PA system was touching and something that we should include in future services. I need to acknowledge that whilst our committee charters the aircraft and arranges the flight schedule for all regional services, the Bundaberg Regional Council sponsors all associated costs for which we’re extremely grateful.

Aerial Salute by 'Snifter' - 25th April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Janette Cassidy)

Aerial Salute by ‘Snifter’ – 25th April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Janette Cassidy)

Thousands of photographs were taken during this historic event and I’d be very grateful if they could be shared with the committee so that we can archive them and include them in our online gallery. If you have any to share please send them to info@bargaraanzac.com.au.

Again, many thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to next years’ 20th anniversary of the Bargara Dawn Service.

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