Rick Evans pays respect to his grandparents' memorial during the Last Post at Eden Gardens.
Rick Evans pays respect to his grandparents' memorial during the Last Post at Eden Gardens. Georja Ryan

Rick pays his respects to the fallen on sacred day

RICK Evans remembers his two grandfathers being very tight-lipped about their time at war.

As soldiers in the First World War, Clive Gladfield and Harry Burnett spoke very little of their experiences and told very vague recounts of what happened, but a young Rick wanted to know more.

His father, Phillip Evans, who was in the Air Force during the Second World War was a little less reserved and would tell Rick what it was like in battle.

Now, when Rick attends Anzac Day services around the region, he remembers the stories his father spoke of and the faint detail he extracted from his grandfathers' sparse tales.

"It's a really moving day for me, but I suppose you learn to control (your emotions)," Rick said.

"When you're young you learn to take it as second nature."

He said the Anzac service he attended after his father died was the hardest one he had been to, and one he will never forget.

Yesterday, Rick and his family attended the Eden Gardens service - where his grandfathers, his father and his grandmother are buried.

"You feel pretty proud about it," Rick said.

"It's a sacred day for Australia."



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