PROUD TRADITION: Standing proud and strong were four generations of the Klupp family, Robert jnr (purple shirt), Eric (pink shirt), Shane (left to Robert) and Robert snr (far back between Eric and Robert jnr) at the Anzac Day service at the Maryborough cenotaph.
PROUD TRADITION: Standing proud and strong were four generations of the Klupp family, Robert jnr (purple shirt), Eric (pink shirt), Shane (left to Robert) and Robert snr (far back between Eric and Robert jnr) at the Anzac Day service at the Maryborough cenotaph. Valerie Horton

Local family march four generations

A MARYBOROUGH grandmother who stood with thousands lining the CBD watched proudly as four generations of family marched the Anzac Day parade.

Phyllis Klupp has never had that many family members join the Maryborough march at one time.

Phyllis had her husband Robert, two sons Robert junior and Eric and grandson Shane proudly marched displaying medals.

Phyllis said her husband's ancestors arrived on a boat in the 1800s.

"The Klupps are a local family - the Klupps and Jensens came out on the same boat in the 1800s but didn't know each other."

"Robert wore his own medals from Vietnam," Phyllis said.

"In 1965 he was part of the first battalion to go to Vietnam and was there for 12 months. Robert eventually did 20 years in the army.

"So we have children born in different states and our eldest born in Malaya because we were transferred every two years."

Phyllis said her eldest made a special trip to march.

"Robert junior wore my father-in-law's medals; he served in World War II.

"Robert junior works in Townsville and took a week off work to come down for the parade.

"Eric marches each year with my grandfather Percy Pepper's medals who was in World War I.

 

Anzac Day service, Maryborough Queens Park cenotaph. Newly re-enlisted Shane Klupp has toured Afghanistan during his service 2009 - 2013.
Newly re-enlisted Shane Klupp joined his family to march in Maryborough on Anzac Day. Valerie Horton

"Shane wore his own medals - he is still in the service and served four years in Afghanistan.

"Shane is based in Enoggera but always marches with his pop."

Phyllis said it was a very special day.

"I hope we can do this again next year."