Lonely sounds of the Last Post echoing across the Australian War Memorial will have a special significance for the Royal Military College Band’s Sergeant James Duquemin this Anzac Day.
The bugler, originally from the Sunshine Coast, is playing at a national ceremony for the second time, something he said was an “excellent experience”.
“Anzac Day is always very important, especially because my father was a Vietnam veteran and served for 24 years in the Army,” he said.
“When I play the bugle call, it’s to honour his service and his memory.”
Although he’s likely to be playing in front of the smallest physical audience of his career, Sergeant Duquemin said it was a great honour to be selected to play at the War Memorial.
“Preparations this year have definitely changed, it’s a lot less busy than normal,” he said.
“Normally we’re running about left, right and centre to schools in the lead-up to the day but obviously we can’t do that at the moment.
“There has been a lot of individual practice focused on the ceremony to make sure that we get it right.”
Sergeant Duquemin previously played the Last Post at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, during the last Anzac Day ceremony before the camp closed.
Despite slower preparations, Sergeant Duquemin was planning on taking it easy after the ceremony.
“It’s always an early day with lots of work to get ready for it, so I think I’ll be relaxing and remembering those who served before me after the ceremony,” he said.