For the first time in history Anzac Day services are cancelled due to Covid-19. For Gulf Harbour resident, Sandy Geyer, this means missing out on playing at an Anzac Day parade alongside her piping band.
However, Sandy will still commemorate the occasion by playing her bagpipes alongside her husband, John-Paul. She will wear her Maclean family tartan for the occasion.
During lockdown, pipers across the international community have been playing their pipes from their homes to uplift people.
In this spirit, Sandy answered the call from the New Zealand Pipe Band Association to play Amazing Grace at 11am on Anzac Day. Australian pipers are also being encouraged to participate.
Sandy says she hopes the music helps people unite on an important day where many will feel the loss of not being able to gather together to pay their respects.
As a young piper, Sandy first began playing in Armistice Day commemoration parades.
“This gave me a deep sense of the value of commemorating the occasion as a show of respect for those who fought in the World Wars,” she says.
Since arriving in New Zealand in 2008, Sandy has played with the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band, Auckland and Districts and was due to play in an Anzac parade in Whangarei with the Northland Caledonian Pipe Band.