He’s attended many Anzac Day services since the Second World War but...
IT MAY have been his first Anzac Day service in Woodgate but for 94-year-old Alan McKenzie feeling the shivers down his spine as The Last Post was played wasn’t anything new.
Mr McKenzie served in the Second World War, defending the country he loves.
The digger said he defended Australia in the north during 1942-45 and had attended many services to commemorate the fallen and those who returned safely to loved ones. He wasn’t alone. Four generations of family stood behind him, the youngest being nine-year-old Amity-Rae Medcalf.
Little Amity said she was proud of her great-grandfather and hoped to have many more Anzac Days with the man who fought for the freedom of the country.
Mr McKenzie was part of the coast watch which patrolled the northern border of Australia from Cape York to Broome during the Second World War.
“My regiment was the North Australia Observer Unit,” he said.
“We patrolled and defended the north from threats and invasion.”
Mr McKenzie said he was one of seven children and two of his brothers also enlisted.
The ex-serviceman moved to Woodgate after living in Rochdale, Brisbane, to be closer to family.
The emotion was visible in his eyes as he was surrounded by family as The Last Post was played.
ANZAC DAY: Amity-Rae Medcalf helped commemorate Anzac Day with her great-great-grandfather Alan McKenzie at Woodgate.
EYES RIGHT: Lt Col Ian McKay (Ret) gives the salute at the 2016 Woodgate Anzac Day service.
FOUR GENERATIONS: Stephanie Ridel, Debra Murphy, Amity-Rae Medcalf, Hayden Medcalf, Jason Medcalf, and Trinity Medcalf with 94-year-old Alan McKenzie at the 2016 Anzac Day service in Woodgate.
WOODGATE SERVICE: The community gathered at Woodgate with soldiers from 9th Battalion Royal Queensland Regiment.
BEACHSIDE SERVICE: Students from Goodwood State School at the 2016 Anzac Day service at Woodgate.
ANZAC DAY: The New Zealand flag flies from the Childers RSL in the early-morning light.