Three generations, Alan Hansen, Des Hansen and Damien Hansen, relax at the Maryborough RSL after marching in the Anzac Day parade.
Three generations, Alan Hansen, Des Hansen and Damien Hansen, relax at the Maryborough RSL after marching in the Anzac Day parade. Robyne Cuerel

Three generations of Hansen family in Anzac march

FOR the first time in 11 years, three generations of the Hansen family who served in the armed forces were able to march together in Maryborough's Anzac Day parade.

Vietnam veteran Des Hanson, son Alan, a former air force officer and grandson Damien, an acting sub lieutenant in the navy, were among the hundreds of veterans who took part in the massive parade.

Damien also has a brother serving in the army and a sister serving in the air force.

Des said he felt privileged to march alongside his son and grandson and said it showed good old-fashioned family spirit.

"I'm so very pleased and happy they're here," he said.

Thursday's parade saw the applause and waves of thousands of people follow the veterans, including several buses for people who were unable to march, as they filed through the Maryborough central business district.

School students, St John Ambulance cadets, ambulance officers and boys and girls brigade members also joined the parade, while the the Maryborough Excelsior Band and the Maryborough Brass band, which combined for the event,  played throughout the march and during the wreath-laying ceremony at Maryborough Cenotaph.

William Jackson, 95, laid a wreath in memory of his father, who was killed in the First World War.

He said it had bought a tear to his eye to see the number of young people who turned out for Maryborough's Anzac Day commemorations.

Queens Park and Sussex St were filled with people attending the main ceremony.