Happy to march with loved ones

VETERANS on the Coffs Coast should be pleased by news that local RSLs are not banning relatives from participating in this year's Anzac Day march.

Sydney is relegating the family of soldiers to the back of the ranks, but as Coffs Harbour RSL Sub Branch president, Bob Payne, says, 'Don't judge us by Sydney'.

I remember Anzac Day marches from when I was a kid and I hope to remember them for many years to come.

But a decision to ban relatives of veterans from marching because it takes the emphasis off the veterans is just ludicrous.

Lest We Forget has as much meaning today as it ever has, and neither a child nor an adult in Australia ever forgets that.

Anzac Day is about honouring those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

How does banning certain people from marching - people whose relatives gave their lives for those freedoms - equate to living in a free country?

Imagine what would happen if this 'rule' was adopted across the country, at every RSL, in every town.

Would we even have an Anzac Day march then?

And who will remember?

Anzac Day is something that should never be forgotten.

Let everyone march for that.



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