Sound of remembrance unites a nation

17 Mar, 2015 10:05 AM
Brett Stevenson.
It is the lonely sound of the bugle playing the Last Post which resonates with everyone
Brett Stevenson.

ONE Australian has a poignant vision to unite the country this Anzac Day, but he needs your help to do it.

Like many Australians with connections to those who served in the armed forces, Brett Stevenson, owner of grain broking and advisory business Market Check, has been seeking a way to contribute to the nation's ceremonial recognition of the Anzac legend in its 100th year.

"Members of my family served in the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) in the First and Second World Wars, so perhaps that is rooted in me," Mr Stevenson said.

"Every Anzac Day, as soon as I hear the Last Post being played, it brings tears to my eyes to think of all those young Australians who suffered to defend our freedom.

"For many years I have thought it would be a great gesture of remembrance if every Australian was woken up at dawn on Anzac Day by the sound of the Last Post."

Mr Stevenson lives in Pymble in Sydney's north, but grew up on a farm near Geurie in the Central West of New South Wales.

He has a special request of people in rural and regional areas who want to participate in this initiative.

"Please pass the message on far and wide so we can reach as many people who can play the bugle, trumpet or cornet get up and play at dawn this 100th Anzac Day," he said.

"No matter how good they are or where they are, let's create that opportunity for everyone to hear a lonely instrument at dawn play the Last Post, and bring out that reminder of what those who served gave so that we could enjoy this great country.

"Of all the sounds of Anzac Day, it is the lonely sound of the bugle playing the Last Post which resonates with everyone.

"It is at that moment the raw emotions of loss and respect are greatest for those that have served. At no other point in the year is this feeling as deeply felt."

Spreading the word via social media

Reminiscent of 2014's social media campaign #PutOutYourBats, which mobilised and united thousands of cricket fans around the world who were mourning the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, Mr Stevenson's campaign is being promoted across the social media.

The hashtag #DiggersLastPost has been established for participants to share their plans for Anzac Day. A Twitter account - @DiggersLastPost - has been created.

Knowing the journey

Although he cannot play an instrument, Mr Stevenson has an affinity with many returned servicemen and servicewomen.

"I am a quadriplegic as a result of an accident five years ago. I guess this may have increased my drive to see this happen.

"After both wars, the number of service people disabled physically or intellectually by war was enormous.

"I know the journey many of these people will have experienced, trying to get back to a somewhat 'normal' life. The difference being that they ended up that way defending our way of life."

Mr Stevenson plans to join this national tribute from his home.

"I am hoping to encourage someone to play at dawn from the Kuringai Town Hall in Pymble, as that is near my house and is on top of a hill facing east.

"Dawn will be breaking and the suburb below will wake up to the sound of remembrance."


Michael Burge

is the deputy editor of FarmOnline
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John Williams
17/03/2015 11:52:44 AM

Such a wonderful idea! Hope it spreads! #diggerslastpost


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