Anzac Day parade gets overhaul
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.”