When the last remaining ANZAC Digger passed away in 2012, many elders feared it would herald a sad decline in the interest our nation held in commemorating ANZAC Day, particularly with our youth.
But they hadn’t encountered 16-year-old Rosebank College student Billy Wherry. With an unbridled enthusiasm for all things ANZAC, he is as dedicated as the soldiers who went before him on that fateful day and just as determined to keep the spirit of the ANZAC alive.
“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t passionate about the ANZACs,” Billy states, and looking at his past involvement it’s easy to agree; while a trip to the Australian War Memorial in Grade 5 made his passion more prominent, he has always actively participated in ANZAC Day proceedings. From birth, all rugged up against the chilly weather, he’d attend each annual March, proudly waving to the passing servicemen as they strode by.
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