PHOTOS: “The kids haven’t forgotten us”: Gladstone veteran
AFTER serving in Malaya and Borneo, 75-year-old Butch Matthew was proud to see so many young people at the Anzac Day Service in Gladstone this morning.
More than 700 people attended the service and Butch said it was the biggest he had seen in Gladstone.
Few people sang along to 'We are Australians" sung by Chanel College Choir and there wasn't a murmur during the last post.
There was a procession of people placing wreaths at the cenotaph as the parade of ex-service men and women stood to attention.
Butch was 19 when he joined the First Battalion in 1960.
He did three months training and three months core training before being sent to Malaya.
Originally from Tasmania he said he joined to serve Queen and country.
"It ends up being about serving because of mateship," he said.
He has lived in Gladstone for 49 years and chose to carry the Royal Australian Regiment flag which represents all of the Australian battalions.
He said all Australian should know what the flag represents and was touched to see all the people who would see if flying this morning.
"It makes me proud to see all the young kids here mate," he said.
"The kids haven't forgotten us."
Four-year-old Sienna Wilson was just one of those young children at the service.
She sat and watched with her family and friends and family from St Stephens Lutheran Kindergarten.
Teacher Kerry Sutton had been teaching the children about the Anzacs and Sienna brought along a photo of her great great uncle Snow.
Like Sienna, uncle Snow whose real name was Bernard Ashley Baxter was known for his white hair since he was a tiny tott.
Sienna wore his three services medals and enjoyed her first service in the pitch black.
"It is light now," she said to her father after the service.
The 75-year-old Butch said he would head home for a rest after the service and after getting up so early Sienna probably did as well.