BALLARAT is to step into the national limelight on Anzac Day.
Channel Nine’s Today Show has selected Ballarat’s commemorative service to be part of a broadcast to the nation.
Ballarat RSL president Alexandra Tascas said she was surprised when she received a call from Today Show producer Matt Mitchell.
Ms Tascas said public involvement in Anzac Day ceremonies had grown substantially in recent years, with more than 5000 people expected to attend the dawn service on Friday.
“Ballarat is a growing city, and more and more we are finding people attend our commemorative services,” she said.
“The number of people wanting to find out what their relatives did in the services is growing.”
She said this year’s Anzac commemorations would pay tribute to the history of Aboriginal servicemen.
Mr Mitchell said Ballarat was selected to highlight regional commemorative services.
“We love Ballarat, and The George Hotel does a good breakfast,” he said.
“There appears to be a really strong community spirit towards Anzacs, especially because we are coming into the 100-year anniversary.”
Mr Mitchell and weather presenter Steven Jacobs will present during the dawn service and gunfire breakfast.
“There are plenty of stories outside of the capital cities and that’s what we are going to cover.”