An­zac Day pa­rade gets over­haul

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

DE­SCEN­DANTS of vet­er­ans will be asked to march at the back, ser­vice­women will march at the front and the num­ber of serv­ing mil­i­tary will be boosted un­der sweep­ing changes to this year’s An­zac Day pa­rade in Syd­ney.

In an at­tempt to re­turn the pa­rade to its roots as a sa­lute to the men and women will­ing to sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing for their coun­try, the RSL will also take a more ac­tive role in en­sur­ing de­scen­dants are not con­fused with vet­er­ans.

NSW RSL pres­i­dent James Brown said vet­er­ans must be given prece­dence over rel­a­tives marching with some­one else’s medals.

“In the past we’ve had peo­ple who have done mul­ti­ple tours on be­half of this coun­try marching be­hind some­one in trackie daks with some medals they found the day be­fore, and clearly that is not ap­pro­pri­ate,” said Mr Brown, an army vet­eran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. “This is about recog­nis­ing peo­ple who have put their hand up to make the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for the coun­try. There is a place for fam­ily, but vet­er­ans march first.”

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