Record crowds gather in Kyogle for Anzac Day
Evacuating Crete under the cover of darkness WW11 soldier, Eric Cole Warburton urged his comrade to take the boat to the ship while he stayed to wait for the next boat knowing the man had children to return to; moments later he watched the small boat get blown up.
The steady beat of drums and the tune of Waltzing Matilda surrounded Kyogle man, Eric Warburton yesterday morning as he undertook his first ever Anzac march in Kyogle.
Proudly donning his father's war medals, Mr Warburton recalls the significance Anzac Day and war holds for his family.
"He was there the first day through to the last day,” he said of his fathers time serving in WWII.
"He used to send letters and draw pictures on envelopes to my mum to show her what it looked like where he was,” he said.
Mr Warburton and his family has visited Crete since his fathers passing and followed the path he once walked.
"They landed on the north side of Crete and evacuated on the south so we followed his footsteps through the valley from Georgopoulos down to Sparta, ” he said.
"My mum wanted to go in a boat so we got a local fisherman to take us out there so she could see what it was that he was looking back at all those years ago.”
Sizeable crowds applauded the march down Summerland Way and confirmed the Anzac spirit was indeed alive yesterday in Kyogle, where more than one thousand people attended the dawn service in commemoration of incredible human spirit: those who fought in war.
Many marched in memory of loved ones lost, from descendants of diggers, servicemen to school children; some marched in remembrance of old mates who aren't here.
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