Bugle Man is RSL 2020 ANZAC of the Year

A Veteran who has sounded The Last Post on his bugle throughout Western Australia and the world has been awarded the prestigious ANZAC of the Year Award.

Retired Army Lance Corporal, David Scott, is one of only five ANZAC of the Year recipients Australiawide to receive the award that recognises outstanding contribution to the organisation, the wider veteran community and to the general public.

Apart from David’s devotion to duty in the playing of the bugle at countless commemorative services and events, he has also been recognised for his tireless community work for the retired and elderly in his community.

Former Governor of Western Australia, The Hon. Kerry Sanderson AC, has formally acknowledged David’s selfless contribution during her time as Governor and in her current role as Warden of the State War Memorial.

David served in the Army Reserve for over 39 years as a Bandsman/Lance Corporal in the Army Band Perth, retiring in September 2017. His playing prowess has seen him play on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli in 1990; at Fromelles in 2016; at Villiers Bretonneau in 2017 and at Last Post ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial.

A Sub Warden of the State War Memorial for the past 13 years, David has attended an average of 35 services each year on a voluntary basis. Added to this was his playing of the bugle at veteran funerals, nursing homes, schools and at AFL ANZAC Day matches.

“There is something incredibly poignant about Last Post, the bugle call that for many of us is indelibly associated with the remembrance ceremonies of Anzac Day and Armistice Day.

“The long bugler silhouetted against a dawn sky is an evocative and enduring image and symbolises the proud sense of honour, duty and self-sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

“So it’s fitting that David Scott, as both a bugler and as a tireless worker on behalf of our Veterans, has been formally recognised as Anzac of the Year – one of only five across Australia,” Minister Peter Tinley AM said.

RSLWA State President, Peter Aspinall AM, said David Scott’s contribution is only matched by his humility and steadfast commitment to honouring the proud history of Australian veterans and the Australian Defence Force.

“This award is so richly deserved and, on behalf of the entire RSL family, I congratulate David for his tireless support,” Mr. Aspinall said.

“This award recognises the efforts and achievements of those who have given their service to their fellow Australians and to the community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.”


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