There’ll be something different on Anzac Day in Queenstown this year.
Traditional staples such as the street parade and service will be joined by a new family concert at the Memorial Hall on Sunday, April 25.
The event We Will Remember Them was spawned because the Queenstown Returned and Services’ Association wants new ways to take the Anzac Day message to a wider community audience, local president Dave Geddes says.
“More and more New Zealanders have been making the effort to set aside time on Anzac Day to remember the sacrifices made during war,” he says.
“This concert is another way to remember the fallen and those who served during some of the darkest days in NZ’s history.”
The highly-visual 7pm-9pm show features a host of local talent commemorating over 100 years of campaigns involving Kiwi soldiers – from the Second Boer War of 1899 to peacekeeping duties of today.
There’s a short play called One Sunrise by local actor Marty McLay, set in the First World War trenches.
Hot band The Lynch Mob presents a 25-minute Vietnam retrospective of top 1960s hits against an audio-visual backdrop.
And Simon Green, Emily Burns, the Bellebirds and Jill Derby sing old-time favourites from the Second World War, featuring Rachel Simons as Vera Lynn.
Wakatipu High students also put in appearances with Letters from the Front, readings of moving accounts from troops abroad to loved ones back home.
Tickets are $5 and Geddes particularly urges parents to bring their children.