Kids keep Anzac Day spirit alive
KIDS will be welcome at Murwillumbah’s Anzac Day parade even though RSL branches across Australia have moved to restrict children from marching.
“If we did that we’d lose half the crowd,” said Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims yesterday as he prepared for the annual march, which attracts hundreds of participants and several thousand onlookers.
Not only will children and relatives be welcome in the parade, but high school youth will continue a tradition of running the Anzac Day service at the town cenotaph afterwards.
In contrast, organisers of Brisbane’s Anzac Day parade yesterday defended their decision to ban descendents of veterans marching alongside Diggers, saying it made the march too long.
Brisbane’s Anzac Day parade committee has banned descendents of veterans from marching at the side of surviving ex-servicemen and women in a move which has upset some ageing Diggers happy to have their grandchildren alongside.
“It’s good to seem them participating,” said Mr Sims.
“We are trying to pass the spirit of the parade on to the younger generation. “The high school kids actually run our Anzac Day service. They provide the MCs and we just hover in the background making sure they do it right.
“We have four high schools and we just rotate it each year. We very much involve the kids.”
Mr Sims said the Murwil- lumbah sub-branch traditionally put a “a few Diggers in the front” of the march down the town’s main street followed by those with family marching.