ANZAC day 2000 started early, a lot earlier than usual. We, that is my
father and I got up and went straight down to the Southport (Qld) R.S.L. for a gunfire
breakfast, traditionally, I was told, is "bangers & mash", not bad either.
I flew up from Melbourne especially for this morning, as it was a special day for me, not
only because it was ANZAC day, but to march with Dad and his mates, the Southport NASHO'S,
I have heard so much about them over the years and now I was marching with them, it truly
was a honour.
The march began at approx. 8.30am outside the R.S.L. with people from all kinds of
organisations, both military and civilian. I really didnt know what to expect or how
I would feel as this was all new to me.
I was made an honorary member or supporter of the Southport branch of the National
Serviceman's Association, and was entitled to wear the required insignia, and the actual
medals that were awarded to my beloved Grandfather who fought on the shores of ANZAC and
later in France and Belgium when serving with the 21st battalion of the 1st. A.I.F.
I really dont know how to express the feelings I was experiencing as I marched with
this group of proud men and women; overwhelmed would be a good word to sum it up.
As I saw my Father only three ranks and to the left of me he stood as straight as a post,
head held high, just as his father did those 85 years before on this very day as a young
man, he was the same age as my own son. I wondered, how would his father have felt, I
think it would be a mixture of "pain and pride", because that's how I would have
I know this, because they were some of the emotions that hit me as I stood on your shores
and laid the wreath on behalf of my father, your National President and for the National
Servicemen of Australia. Thanks for the privilege.
My Dad wrote a book called "My hero my Dad", well I have two.
25 April 2000