Force is with Shaun
By Craig McTear
Shaun Anderson has a cousin serving in the Solomon Islands, an uncle who has just returned from Iraq, and his grandfather fought in Vietnam.
And his great uncle, World War II veteran Ray Anderson, died only a week after attending last year's Anzac Day observances in Sydney.
So it's hardly surprising that Shaun is contemplating a career in the armed forces.
Yesterday, however, he was focused on Anzac Day and what it meant to him.
"It's a sign of respect for those who fought. And it's about showing support for anyone still fighting," he said.
The 17-year-old Bishop Druitt College student marched alongside his school colleagues, proudly wearing the replica medals of his great uncle. "I come every Anzac Day," Shaun said.
n The Anzac Day commemorations were missing a familiar face.
World War II veteran, Bert Veness from Coffs Harbour, is on the sick list at the moment and he's currently in Armidale.
Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-Branch president, Jeff Porter, told the crowd Bert was '99 not out and sends his apologies'.
In his welcome to the crowd, Mr Porter also said: "Let's hope our sons and daughters never forget the example set by their forefathers.
"We think of every man, woman and child who died so the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine."