THE absence of the New Zealand flag from the Gladstone Anzac Day service has left Kiwi John Harris bitterly disappointed.
He has lived in Gladstone for 18 years and is no stranger to the dawn services. But, he said, the New Zealand flag should have been flying this Anzac Day to recognise the joint effort, and the camaraderie between the Australian and New Zealand troops.
"It was disappointing not the see the flag there on one of the three flag poles," he said.
"When we got home we turned on the tele and saw the New Zealand flag in a service in Alice Springs. If they can have it there in the middle of nowhere, we can certainly have one here in Gladstone."
Gladstone RSL president Russell Tidd said there had always been three Australian flags flown for as long as he could remember.
"That's the thing we need to address. The council brought it up a few days prior but it was not possible to make arrangements in that time," he said.
"We always have one in the front of the parade but we will look into having one next year because the flag poles are important."
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