Bundaberg townsfolk tip their hats to army
CHILDREN cheered and women swooned as a 100-strong crowd lined Bourbong St to bid a fond farewell to the Australian Army.
And it was a sea of blue as the crowd waved Australian flags, clapping and cheering at the soldiers.
The members of the 7th Brigade have left an indelible mark on th
e region and made a dramatic exit yesterday as they moved along Bourbong St stopping briefly to show their appreciation.
The reception was led by Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Mal Forman who presented Cpt Adam Murgatroyd with nine certificates of appreciation to the nine units attached to the 7th Brigade.
"I thank you most sincerely on behalf of the Bundaberg community for what you have given and what you have achieved for our residents," Cr Forman said.
"This is a small token of our appreciation."
In return a bucket donation of more than $3000 collected among the soldiers was presented to Cr Forman to add to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal 2013.
And amid the jubilant scenes four-year-old Brodi Rule was able to hand deliver a letter which his mother Amanda said simply read, " To the army, thank you".
During Bundaberg's darkest hour the army has been a calming and reassuring presence for most.
"They were in control and made us all feel safe," Deb Gramlick said. "And they really lifted morale."
Young Bundaberg East State School students Maddelyn Batt and Ellie Anderson personally thanked Cpt Murgatroyd for helping save their school.
"We just wanted to say thank you for all their help," Ellie said.