Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kids Proud to Meet World War II Vet

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kids Proud to Meet World War II Vet

Article excerpt

BEING up at 4am is a big ask for almost anyone but for Point Cartwright mother Ann Lando, it was only the beginning of an exhausting morning.

With three children a Emma, 9, Sarah, 8, and James, 5 a excited to be going to the dawn service at Cotton Tree and their two young friends heading along for the first time, by the time she spoke to the Daily, you could hear the exhaustion in Mrs Lando's voice.

aThey really wanted to do it,a she said.

aThey wouldn't miss the dawn service.

aI love it myself but they really wanted to go.a

She said her own grandfather had recently died and the children knew he had served in a war and Anzac Day was a way to remember him.

What Ms Lando perhaps didn't expect was that the children would see a World War II veteran as something akin to a superhero.

When 89-year-old Rex Daniell, who served in Burma, Europe and Africa, sat quietly beside the five children they were stunned. …

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