MARCH ON: Ron Bercene and John Sheriden are ready to march in the 2018 Kingaroy Anzac Day parade.
MARCH ON: Ron Bercene and John Sheriden are ready to march in the 2018 Kingaroy Anzac Day parade. Claudia Williams

Veterans march to big milestone 100 years on

ON April 25, 1919 residents lined the streets of Kingaroy to cheer on the rows of weary, but proud soldiers who had just arrived back from the first world war.

Kingaroy RSL sub-branch president Don Davey said this first Anzac Day march was a historic moment for the veterans.

The 2019 parade will be the 100th official Anzac Day march for the Kingaroy veterans.

"That's a milestone in itself for Kingaroy, not every town can put up their hand and say they've been doing it this long," Mr Davey said.

"Every year is special, this to us is just an added bonus."

Mr Davey said the traditional parade had evolved over the years into a big community event.

"It's a community activity and a chance to remember and honour those who've been and fallen," he said.

Many South Burnett schools, army cadets, car clubs, Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics, Kingaroy Scouts, Girl Guides and many more groups have marched alongside the veterans in the parade.

Last year's parade even featured some of the children from Kingaroy kindergartens.

"Half of them might not even know what it's all about, but it's a good day for them," Mr Davey said.

"It's part of their learning process, getting out and forming part of the community. It's a big event for a young kid."

Most veterans enjoy seeing the younger members of the community get involved in the day.

"They all appreciate that's our future. When we're gone, there's always going to be younger veterans that are looking to join us," Mr Davey said.

The Kingaroy parade will march from the Kingaroy RSL to Memorial Park at 11am on April 25, 2019.