Honouring the fallen
ANZAC Day still brings tears to the eyes of many Australian Diggers years after the battles they fought are over.
There may be no more gun shots and no more warbirds flying over head, but World War II Veteran Jack Payne still bears many battle scars, both physically and emotionally, from his days on the Kokoda Trail.
Although WWII came to an end more than 65 years ago, ANZAC Day still brings back memories of the time Jack spent on the frontline, fighting alongside many other Australian servicemen.
On Monday, he took time to honour all those who fought, and those who are still fighting for our country, by attending the dawn service and morning service in Airlie Beach.
Although not as agile as he once was, Jack also took part in the traditional ANZAC Day march down Airlie’s main street.
As he made his way to lay a wreath at the base of the cenotaph Jack was applauded by the Whitsunday community who showed their appreciation of his selfless acts to help save our nation.
Jack attended his 11th Whitsunday service alongside his family – daughter Carol Lupton, granddaughter Jenni Fuhrmann and great grandchildren Georgia and Rhys Fuhrmann.
Following the service, he spoke of his time at war and what ANZAC Day meant to a 90-year-old Digger and one of the nation’s last remaining WWII survivors.
"It’s remembering your mates and all the hard times I had in New Guinea with them," he said as a tear rolled down his cheek.
"It’s good to see so many people turn up.
"It’s great for the kids."