Gladstone veteran to be inducted into Hall of Fame
HE SPENT his life attending every Anzac service - only to fall just short this year.
Gladstone ex-serviceman Warren Phillips passed away last Sunday.
Mr Phillips' grand daughter, Cassandra Lewis, said some special news was announced at his funeral service on Monday.
"He's been inducted into the Hall of Fame, we only found out (Monday)," Ms Lewis said.
"That's happening later this year in Canberra."
Mr Phillips' daughter, Kaye Phillips, was lost for words at the announcement.
"Proud" was the only word she could use to describe her feelings at her father's induction.
Ms Phillips said he lied about his age like many of the veterans did, joining the army at 15 years old.
"He enlisted a bit younger, he wanted to enlist (because) they all did that," she said.
"It was just the war time, everyone did.
"He was in the United States 'small ships' (section) and then the Australian Army after that."
Emotionally touched by the significance of Anzac Day to her family, Ms Phillips said every year her father would be at the Gladstone RSL.
"We'd have to pick him up and drop him off of course," she said.
"They could be a bit moreish... he still came down until the last year."
Thousands attended the Gladstone dawn service, including Vietnam veteran Rob Long.
Mr Long, who took part in the conflict between 1969 and 1970, said the Anzac Day crowds continue to grow.
"It's not dwindling, it's getting bigger ... it's great to see," he said.
Mr Long said it was important to be able to remember fallen soldiers and sacrifices made.
"It was challenging sometimes, probably a bit frightening ... looking back, (but) we got through it," he said.