Biggenden’s com­mem­o­ra­tion a proud mo­ment for the Dun­cans

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC DAY LIFE -

ANZAC Day was a proud day for Viet­nam vet­eran Ge­off Dun­can as he marched side by side with his chil­dren at Biggenden’s march.

The Gooroolba gra­zier spent 10 months and 11 days in Viet­nam where he served in sig­nals in 1969.

“It’s been a proud mo­ment hav­ing Cameron and Leila in at­ten­dance,” he said.

“The ser­vice here is al­ways good.

“The cuppa af­ter­wards gives ev­ery­one a chance to have a yarn.”

Wife Chris said it was awe­some to see the fam­ily march be­side each other.

“They (Cameron and Leila) have turned into won­der­ful, pro­duc­tive, suc­cess­ful hu­man be­ings,” she said.

“I can't help but be proud.”

Cameron and Leila said it was nice to see their dad be­ing so proud.

“It was amaz­ing to march with him,” they said.

Both marched as chil­dren for Coal­stoun Lakes and Biggenden State School and in later years in dawn ser­vices and ser­vices wher­ever they were posted.

Cameron served in the Air Force for eight-and-a-half years as an avion­ics tech­ni­cian work­ing on the su­per hor­nets. He has now trans­ferred to the re­serves.

He now works at Air­bus He­li­copters as a tech­ni­cal as­ses­sor on he­li­copters at Bris­bane air­port.

“I am so ex­cited about my new job,” he said.

Lead­ing Air­craft Wo­man (LACW) Leila Dun­can has seen de­ploy­ment in Afghanistan in her role, called move­ments.

“Be­ing able to per­form this job in the real-life sit­u­a­tions which in­cluded pack­ing up the Aus­tralian Con­tin­gent in Tarin Kowt gave me great pride and sat­is­fac­tion,” she said.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

PROUD MO­MENT: Anzac Day was a spe­cial mo­ment for Gooroolba's Ge­off Dun­can as he marched at Biggenden with his two chil­dren Cameron and Leila.

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