Little Chris is part of a new Anzac breed
THE enormous pride in Christopher Pitcher's heart yesterday might have just outweighed the medals on his chest.
Nine-year-old Christopher carried the World War I medal of his great great uncle and his granddad's national service medal as he continued a long running family tradition of marching on Anzac Day.
"It makes me proud to march for the people that risked their lives to make this a great country,'' he said.
"(I want) to keep the memory of what the Anzacs did alive.''
Christopher was among hundreds of school children from across Rockhampton to march from Anzac House to Riverside Park yesterday.
His grandmother Grace Pitcher said her grandson was the fourth generation in the family to march on Anzac Day.
His great great uncle Bill Pitcher fought in the battlefields of France, while his grandfather Colin was called up for national service in 1952.
"He is very proud to wear the medals ... he read in the newspapers a few weeks ago that they wanted to stop children marching and he said 'please Nana don't let them stop it because it's us that will keep it going','' she said.
The smile was clearly implanted on Christopher's face when he was introduced to World War II veterans Clem Moody, 86, and Laurie Fraser, 82, ahead of yesterday's march. Both men are veterans of battles in New Guinea and said they were happy to march alongside children.
"It's good to see them marching ... they keep it alive,'' Mr Moody said.
"It cost us so much just to enjoy what we are doing today, if that memory is lost it would be wrong,'' Mr Fraser said.
Mr Moody who has been marching for 60 years said the day allowed him to catch up with old friends.