Children in Anzac march a tribute
THE decision by organisers of the Brisbane Anzac Day march committee to ban children from the ranks of veterans this year is a short-sighted move and one which was guaranteed to stir up some controversy.
With all due respect to veterans who may agree with the decision, I feel they are likely to be in the minority.
The whole point of Anzac Day is surely to meditate upon the sacrifices made in past conflicts to ensure the freedom of future generations of Australians.
Indeed, there is a great symbolism involved in children marching side by side with the Diggers from their family if they are still with us, and wearing the medals of those no longer here.
It would be a great shame if the Brisbane move was replicated elsewhere, and particularly so in smaller communities where march participants are obviously fewer to begin with.
Far from taking anything away from our veterans in the way of respect, having the younger generation marching alongside them on Anzac Day across the country to me brings into sharper focus their service to country.
If they didn’t fight for the freedom of the generations to come, what did they fight for?