Boy, 9, attends Anzac Day dawn service in a great-grandfather's WWII clothing uniform

Schoolboy, 9, attends Anzac day shift in an oversized WWII uniform of his great-grandfather who was a Japanese prisoner of war

  • Caelan Ryan wore the hat of his great-grandfather WW II, jacket and replica for the dawn in SA
  • Ryan & # 39; s great-grandfather was detained in a Japanese POW camp for about three months before being released
  • Anzac Day must remind all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and military operations

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Caelan Ryan, nine, has never met his great-grandfather Sergeant Leonard Sylvester Dick, but proudly wore his World War II hat, jacket and replica medals to the dawn service in Adelaide.

Sergeant Dick was a Japanese prisoner of war for about three months, before he was released and finally returned home.

Ryan, who attended the service with his father Damian, said he feels connected to his great-grandfather.

He has shown an interest in family history and the link with the Australian Defense Force.

& # 39; It is very special to be here in memory of him and all other Australians who have fought, & # 39; said the boy after the service on Thursday.

& # 39; One day we examined him and we discovered that he was in the 57th / 60th battalion and fought in New Guinea. & # 39;

Caelan Ryan, nine, has never met his great-grandfather Sergeant Leonard Sylvester Dick, but proudly wore his Second World War hat, coat and replica medals to the dawn service in Adelaide

Caelan Ryan, nine, has never met his great-grandfather Sergeant Leonard Sylvester Dick, but proudly wore his Second World War hat, coat and replica medals to the dawn service in Adelaide

Caelan has shown an interest in family history and the link with the Australian Defense Force. Damian said his son is wearing the uniform with great pride

Caelan has shown an interest in family history and the link with the Australian Defense Force. Damian said his son is wearing the uniform with great pride

Caelan has shown an interest in family history and the link with the Australian Defense Force. Damian said his son is wearing the uniform with great pride

Damian said his son is wearing the uniform with great pride.

& # 39; This is our very first morning service, but I am pretty sure that we may see a few more & # 39 ;, he said.

When the sun came out on Thursday, thousands of people gathered at the South Australian National War Memorial and fused North Terrace to mark Australia's national memorial day.

The 2019 service marks the 104th anniversary of the landing of the Anzacs in Gallipoli, where tens of thousands of soldiers died.

It also marks 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, which ended the war between Germany and the Allies.

The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the memory of all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and military operations.

The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the memory of all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and military operations

The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the memory of all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and military operations

The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the memory of all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and military operations

Ian Smith, chairman of the Anzac Day committee of RSL SA, emphasized the military service of migrant communities, which sometimes had to overcome the limitations of White Australia policies and the Defense Act to volunteer.

& # 39; Recent migrants from many countries have a strong record of service with the Australian forces that are still taking place & # 39 ;, he told the crowd.

& # 39; Some had already served Australia before they came here, such as the Afghan interpreters who are now proud South Australians. & # 39;

Mr. Smith warned not to use the Anzac tradition to & # 39; thoughtless nationalism & # 39; to promote.

& # 39; We must also watch out for those who want to abuse the service and sacrifice of our men and women to promote their own narrow agendas, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; Such actions are unwelcome and we must protect ourselves and our ANZAC traditions against them. & # 39;

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