Families march together at Smithton

NOT even heart surgery could stop some Circular Head residents from joining their families this Anzac Day.
HangZhou Night Net

Generations of grandfathers, sons, daughters and grandchildren gathered together in Circular Head to remember their fallen loved ones yesterday.

Jasmine and Huon Campbell-Ellis stood tall with their great grandfather’s medals glistening from their chests.

Their grandfather, Ted Ellis, made a special trip from Victoria to march beside his grandchildren.

“I’m facing open heart surgery, but I told the doctors nothing was going to stop me from being with them,” Mr Ellis said.

It was a bittersweet day for the Grey family.

For brothers Damian and Nik Grey and their children, yesterday was the first Anzac Day without their father and grandfather.

“Our father Max Grey served in World War 2,” Nik said.

“I’ve been marching every year since I was 17 with Dad, so it is sad not to have him here today. Without him and many brave men like him we wouldn’t have the freedom we do today,” Damian said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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