ANZAC DRIVE: WWII veteran Leslie Clarence Holmes, 91, will ride in this jeep during the ANZAC Day march.
ANZAC DRIVE: WWII veteran Leslie Clarence Holmes, 91, will ride in this jeep during the ANZAC Day march. Rachael Conaghan

Veterans can catch ride for march instead of walking

AT 91 years old, Leslie Clarence Holmes still knows his way around a military jeep.

Last week the World War II veteran test drove one of 12 military jeeps that will be transporting veterans who are unable to walk in Saturday's Anzac Day parade.

The jeeps will be provided by enthusiasts in addition to trucks, blitz cars and scout cars.

Mr Holmes said it was important to him to be able to continue participating in the march.

"I couldn't walk very far now. I've been going in the jeep for a few years now," he said.

"All my mates are gone, and you think about them. We only do this in Australia; other people don't do anything like this... Australians are good, wonderful people."

Despite losing friends in the war, Mr Holmes said he didn't regret joining the war effort.

"I'm glad I went. That's just what we had to do. This is a wonderful country and we're very lucky, it can only get better," he said.

Rockhampton Anzac Day Committee chairwoman councillor Rose Swadling said this was a great way to ensure veterans could still take part in the commemorations.

"They have been doing this for many years and it is a service that the veterans appreciate," she said.

"We invite any veterans who are unable to march in the Rockhampton march but who would still like to take part to make contact so we can make arrangements."

Veterans wanting to ride in a jeep for the march or have a taxi take them to the march should contact Howard Weier on 0417 627 978 or 4926 4002 before Saturday.


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