Generations unite for tradition

Ben and Nick Williamson have both served for Australia.
Ben and Nick Williamson have both served for Australia.

BEN Williamson was side-by-side with his father Nick when they marched together on Monday, acknowledging the sacrifices so many have made for their country.

Ben, a current serviceman who will return to East Timor later this year, said Anzac Day was always special, and raised a toast with Nick at the gunfire breakfast following the dawn service. This was not the first time for the father and son, who have marched together previously in Brisbane.

Nick said it was a tradition in the Williamson family for the first-born son to join the army, as his father had done before him.

Nick, an ex-serviceman who toured Vietnam, said he always took time on Anzac Day to remember those who were killed in his unit.

He said he laid a posy of flowers and a card with names and dates of when each soldier died on it every Anzac Day.

Nick said he chose grey cards because his unit was known as the Grey Eight.

“I will never forget them. I remember them as they were – young,” he said.

Young and old took part in Monday’s march with schools, emergency services and current and ex-serving men marching to honour diggers past and present.

Crowds lined the streets clapping them on while children waved Australian flags - all paying their tribute to those long gone but never forgotten.

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