Marching to the same beat
TALES of remembrance were plentiful from participants in Anzac Day memorial services across the Tweed on Saturday.
Banora Point brother and sister Brayden and Bethany Clark honoured their great-great grandfather by wearing his war medals to the Chris Cunningham Park main service.
“I've done it for about four years and Brayden has been doing it for six,” Bethany, 9, said.
Their ancestor, James Hulme, was a British soldier who served his country in World War I.
Almost a century later, his great-great grandchildren continue to carry on his legacy.
“Every April, mum calls our grandfather and asks if we can wear the medals in the parade,” Brayden, 12 said.
They also paid their respects to their great-grandfather, who served as a Rat of Tobruk in World War II.
“We really like coming out to do it and just remember who they are and what they did. We're really proud of both of them,” Brayden said.
Tweed Heads resident Brian Sheridan, 83, who served as an Air Field Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force in the 1940s, came out to pay respects to fallen comrades at the Dawn Service.
“It made me very happy to see everyone who had turned out, the crowd was bigger than last year,” Mr Sheridan said.
“It's up to the younger people to carry on the Anzac tradition now.”
Bilambil Height's Lieutenant Colonel Richard Delbridge, who has served in East Timor and the Solomon Islands, said the turnout at both services was amazing.
“It was enormous, one of the biggest crowds I have seen,” Lt Col Delbridge said.
“It's good to have the family environment. It brings that positive spirit to something that's tragic.”
In Murwillumbah, brothers Tony and Ray Morris honoured their entire family.
Ray wore his medals along with their father's and Tony wore his medals along with their mother's at both the dawn and morning service parades.
“It was the first time we have ever marched together, and Tony's first parade ever,” 60-year-old Ray said.
Ray served as a National Serviceman for 20 years and Tony was in the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years.
Their mother Norah, and father Eric, who have both passed away, were represented by their British war medals in the march.
Tony is also the vice-president of the National Servicemen's Association in Murwillumbah.