The Mayor of Claremont will deliver a moving message to commemorate Anzac Day – but for the first time in the Town’s history, it will be delivered by online video.
With social distancing rules meaning Anzac Day ceremonies have been cancelled across Australia, Mayor Jock Barker wanted to ensure Claremont’s residents still came together to remember and reflect, albeit at a distance.
“There’s a real sadness that we can’t commemorate Anzac Day as we usually would,” Mayor Barker said.
“Occasions like this are what help us come together as one community. At this uncertain time it feels more important than ever that we find a way to connect.”
Mayor Barker’s moving message encourages us all to draw on the Anzac spirit as we face our own time of struggle.
“Anzac Day is a time for mourning and quiet reflection, but it’s also a time for hope. It’s a reminder that the Anzac spirit is part of who we are. It’s got Australians through unimaginable hardships before, and it will get us through our own time of crisis now.”
Following Mayor Barker’s message, we reflect upon the words of the Ode as the video flies us over the skies of Claremont in a representation of the traditional flyover.
We’re then taken to Claremont War Memorial where bugler David Cusworth, President of the Claremont Concert Band, plays the Last Post and the Rouse with the raising of the flag.
The Mayor’s Anzac Day message will be available from 7am on Saturday morning at claremont.wa.gov.au/AnzacDay
and on the Town of Claremont’s social media channels.