ROLLING COVERAGE: Anzac Day 2020 across the Fraser Coast
12PM: Ted Ruska served in the SAS in Vietnam and would have attended normal Anzac Day services, had they been held.
He participated in the light up the dawn ceremony and said it was nice to people from the surrounding streets taking the time to honour the Anzacs.
Mr Ruska said in times like these, his missed his mates but was looking forward to participating in 2021 Anzac Day events.
On behalf of our country, it is an honour to thank our veterans for their service. Today, on #AnzacDay we came together in spirit to honour the service & sacrifice of those who have served our nation. pic.twitter.com/UoMiW9Yv0u— General Angus Campbell (@CDF_Aust) April 25, 2020
In Sussex street Maryborough, Bruce Baker and Wayne Hill remembered their Army days.
Both men served in 9 RQR.
Mr Hill said even in a time of crisis, Australian's still remembered the sacrifices of the diggers and the spirit of mateship.
Mr Baker served in the Army for over 30 years and echoed Mr Hill's comments saying people should not forget the sacrifices of the Anzacs.
11.50AM: At Bolton Clarke Chelsea, Maryborough - Retirement Living, the elderly residents gathered for a socially distant service.
One of the facilities residents, Korean War veteran Fredrick Owen Thompson said even in the coronavirus crisis, it was good to see people turn out and keep the Anzac Spirit going.
11.45AM: At 202 Central Road Tinana, Michael Schulz prepared an Anzac memorial with a large poppy display, flanked by two wooden soldier silhouettes.
He said he had been working on the project since Friday April 17 and completed on Thursday April 23 and said the result was worth the effort.
The display was placed at the drive way of his Tinana property for all to see.
Mr Schulz said several people have stopped to take photos.
He said his family had a long history with the military, with relatives serving and ancestors having served.
Mr Schulz hoped 2021 Anzac Day services would be more social.
11.40AM: Many residents of Errol Street in Maryborough turned out to commemorate Anzac Day.
Patrick Grinter said even though the coronavirus had stopped traditional services it was still important to commemorate those who have protected Australia.
Ken Forster said his brother served in Vietnam and his father served in WW2.
For him it was a sacred day for Australia and said the coronavirus crisis may have brought us closer together to remember the Anzacs.
11.35AM: Luke Wellings was out early with a bright fire instead of a candle for Light Up the Dawn.
He is a qualified chef and served in the Army for four years and other members of his family served.
Mr Wellings said even though the this years Anzac day was unusual, it was still important for Australians to pay their respects to the Anzacs.
11.30AM: Tinana sisters Emmason and Haley Hamilton know the importance of Anzac Day.
The young women have been going to the annual service for as long as they can remember.
This year they decorated the front of their house with strings of poppies in remembrance of the Anzacs.
Emmason said in was important to remember the Anzac sacrifice because they fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Haley said without their sacrifice, we wouldn't be here today and we need to show our appreciation.
11.15AM: Sara Bates with her children Mahlena and Aiden made wreaths to display in their driveway.
Normally they would be at their spot at the Tiaro Cenotaph where they go every year to honour the fallen on Anzac Day.
Even though we aren't side by side, we still stand together this #AnzacDay.— Australian Army (@AustralianArmy) April 24, 2020
As the Last Post fills our ears, we will remember them.
We say thank you for your tireless work, service & sacrifice.#LestWeForget pic.twitter.com/X6LelVc87N
Instead they woke at dawn and stood outside their home to pay their respects to all men, women and animals who sacrificed their lives and fought for our freedoms.
"Lest we forget," Ms Bates wrote.
11.10AM: Oscar and Grace Pont acknowledged the significance of the day from their driveway.
10.50AM: Nancy Bates said spending Anzac Day in the driveway paying tribute to our fallen heroes was a "memorable experience".
"Six of us at the gate with candles and our floral tribute for the dawn service broadcast<' she wrote.
"Sang the anthems, a wallaby hopped by and after the Last Post our socially distanced neighbours Dan and Lesley joined us in time for the flypast by the yellow tail black cockatoos."
10.30am: As the Australian and New Zealand flags flew over her front yard, Kawungan resident Ngaire Evans proudly clung to the wreath which had been made by her late husband Ross.
This was in honour of Ross' dad Jack Evans, a New Zealand Defence Force soldier who was there for the Gallipoli landing.
Earlier, families, retirees and couples had lined the quiet court, candles in hand, as the Australian War Memorial dawn service played over a car radio.
Neighbour and keen Hervey Bay Sea Scout Samuel Shellard, who normally takes part in the dawn service at Freedom Park, had lit the candle beneath the flagpole during the drive-way ceremony.
9.30AM: Maryborough's Hagan family paid their respects in their driveway on Anzac Day.
9AM: Ken McKie and wife Pam honoured the fallen at an unofficial service at Bolton Clarke Baycrest today.
Mr McKie served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967
"It is about remembering friends and comrades who have passed on and the sacrifice given," he said.
"I'm feeling a little sad not to be at dawn service."
8.55AM: Jan Street organised the other residents at Palm Lakes Resort to make poppies to commemorate Anzac Day.
"The residents made over 1000 poppies, they are made out of paper and wood with some crocheted and others knitted," she said.
"One man knitted over 60.
"We have been locked down in isolation for the past fortnight and it was something for our community to do.
"It has been popular with cameras going wild this morning, it is a great way to honour our Anzacs.
"We had seven retired servicemen and one servicewoman here today that we honoured."
8.50AM: Jackson Cartwright, 7, laid a wreath in Freedom Park, Hervey Bay.
The Fraser Coast Anglican College student was honouring his great grandfather who fought in Papua New Guinea in the Second World War with the Australian Special Forces.
"Anzac Day means a lot to me and my dad as we honour my great grandfather," he said.
"Last year I went to the dawn service and this year is different.
"I just want to say thank you for serving our country and that we would like to respect you.
"It is a special day and I will come every year for the rest of my life."
Jsckson's mum Selena also paid tribute to the fallen, adding that it was important that children knew what Anzac Day was about.
"It is important that they learn the history and remember their sacrifice," she said.
8.45AM: Robert Garland stood in the driveway of his Hervey Bay home to remember the fallen on Anzac Day.
8.40AM: Charlie Pujol with the wreath she made to honour servicemen and woman on Anzac Day.
8.35AM: A candle burned on the Esplanade to remember the fallen as Glen Winney paid his respects on Anzac Day.
8.30AM: Eileen Graham is the wife of a deceased New Zealand serviceman.
Her husband Tasman served in Vietnam and he passed away 9 months ago.
This was the first Anzac Day without him.
Today marks a very different #AnzacDay than we're used to, as we honour the fallen from our homes.— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia) April 24, 2020
Though we can’t pay our respects like we normally would, we can still remember. We will always remember.
Lest We Forget. pic.twitter.com/ZJp9ypJrbr
"It is very hard not to have him here today," she said,
"I have been tied up getting his affairs in order over the past eight months, it is now time to grieve.
"I know he will be doing his marching up there."
8.20AM: The stunning Anzac Day tribute outside the Wondunna home of the Holloway family.
8.15AM: John Toonen is marking the occasion at an unofficial service at Bolton Clarke Baycrest today.
He served in Vietnam.
"Anzac Day is about mateship and teamwork," he said.
"We can't forget the fallen or the injured.
"It was a quieter service but was still special."
8AM: Robert McDonald held a candle in his driveway at York St, Urraween.
Mr McDonald is a retired Royal Australian Air Force medic who served in Malaysia.
He served in the air force for 20 years.
"Anzac Day means everything, it is about comradeship," he said.
"I used to take new RAAF recruits to dawn services so they could appreciate what it means.
"It is devastating not having the opportunity to catch up with other servicemen."
7.50PM: Parker and Winter Scanlon made a wreath for Anzac Day to hold in their driveway to mark the solemn occasion.
They are pictured with their dog, Buddy.
7.40AM: Maryborough's Friend family stood outside their home to pay tribute to our fallen heroes on Anzac Day.
7.30AM: Poppies and hearts pinned to a tree opposite the Hervey Bay Golf Course on Old Maryborough Rd.
7.15AM: Michael and Michelle Schulz from Central Rd at Tinana with an Anzac tribute at the entrance to their property.
7.10AM: Hervey Bay's Penna family marked the occasion in their driveway, remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
7.05AM: Anzac Day is normally one of the biggest day on the calendar for Joyce and Bert Dyball.
Dawn service, breakfast at the RSL followed by the main service.
For 25 years the pair have marched to Freedom Park.
Mr Dyball served in the Korean War in 1953 and in Vietnam in 1966.
It is believed he is the last living veteran in Hervey Bay who served in both wars.
This morning the couple commemorated the day at their home in Seachange Resort surrounded by others doing the same in their driveways.
6.55AM: Two fully restored military vehicles parked along Martin St in Hervey Bay being displayed by a local resident to commemorate Anzac Day.
6.30AM: Former enrolled nurse Colleen Crabb holds a photo of her partner Buster Crabb as she marks her first Anzac Day since he passed away last year.
Mr Crabb served in Vietnam and the First Gulf War.
Colleen and her friends gathered with candles and listened to the Last Post on the complex driveway in Urangan.
I feel for those who can't get out and down to Freedom Park because that is often the only connection they have. But from a health perspective, a virus can't spread if people don't gather," she said.
"However, the mental impact of the pandemic will be beyond measure."
6.15AM: Lucas White and Sara Wood with their children Thomas, 8, Marley, 7, and Parker, 3, remembered the fallen in front of their house in Demaine St, Maryborough.
Ms Wood said involved her three young children in the Light Up the Dawn ceremony and said it was important for her children to be grateful for the sacrifices of those who came before.
6.10AM: Urangan resident Craig McAlpine stands at attention with a candle in hand while Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the nation on Anzac Day.
He is wearing the medals of a Second World War veteran.
"It is important we never forget the sacrifices of those who fought for us," Mr McAlpine said.
6.05AM: At Golden Court, Kawungan, the Australian and New Zealand flags fly outside one house above a hand-made wreath and flickering candle.
Young families, retirees and couples line the street silently, candles in hand as the service from the Australian War Memorial plays through a car radio.
EARLIER: On a historic Anzac Day, the people of the Fraser Coast are finding new ways to pay their respects in the time of Covid-19.
From drive-way services to poppy laden streets, the Chronicle team is up at dawn with you as we remember great sacrifice and stand together in spirit.