Joseph Guerassimoff (4) shows his Poppy and Vietnam veteran Bill Miskin how he marches. Picture: KERRI-ANNE MESNER misk080310-1
Joseph Guerassimoff (4) shows his Poppy and Vietnam veteran Bill Miskin how he marches. Picture: KERRI-ANNE MESNER misk080310-1

Boy set to march with his Poppy

JOSEPH Guerassimoff is gearing up to march with his Poppy in this year’s Anzac Day parade.

The four-year-old will march alongside his 61-year-old Vietnam veteran grandfather Bill Miskin, which is something other children in Brisbane will miss out on.

In the past, Mr Miskin said, it was always heart-warming to see his family and his grandchildren waving enthusiastically as he marched in parades. Bill’s wife, Bev, says having children march in Anzac Day did not take away from the dignity of the parade and marching veterans, as suggested by organisers of Brisbane’s parade.

“I think it adds to their dignity,” Ms Miskin said.

“It seems to me we need to encourage ‘family involvement’ on that day, and encourage the youth of today to remember these people with dignity and honour.

“I find it hard to comprehend that each year this subject raises its ugly head.”

Ms Miskin’s father was a World War II veteran and her brother was a Vietnam veteran.

Mr Miskin was a National Serviceman in Vietnam for 12 months during 1969 and 1970 and his twin brother Ted was conscripted and fought in Vietnam.

“I would love to pass on to them (grandkids) the importance of remembering what people have done for this country,” Mr Miskin said.



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