Mitchell student commemorates soldiers with memorial
JAXX Whittaker may be small in size, but he has a huge heart when it comes to paying his respects to our Australian war heroes.
Although Jaxx is disappointed he won't be able to participate in the Anzac Day march past parade this year, he wanted to do something special to commemorate the soldiers who fought for our country.
The 5-year-old student at Mitchell State School has been home schooled by his mum, Sally for the past week and after he saw his classmates had been making poppy wreaths at school, he wanted to join in the activity from home.
Using materials from his dad's shed, Jaxx spent the whole day making the memorial piece out of paper plates, paint and tin which now stands proudly at the family's letterbox in Mitchell.
"I have been pulling my hair out home schooling him, so when I saw this I thought "OK, I must be doing something right,'" Mrs Whittaker said.
"The school have contacted him to say they're really proud of what he has made.
"He really loves the school and that's where the idea came from so he was pretty excited when his teacher called."
While Anzac Day tributes may look a little different this year, Jaxx wanted to encourage as many houses in the Maranoa as possible to decorate their own letterboxes and houses with a memorial piece.
"We've really been trying to make Jaxx aware about what Anzac Day is about as the meaning seems to get lost as time goes on with generations," Mrs Whittaker said.
"We used to drive past the memorials and he would ask what they are but now when he sees them he says 'that's where the soldiers get remembered,''"
The Whittaker family will stand in their driveway at 6am with candles on Saturday morning, have a minute's silence at 11am and watch YouTube videos of Anzac Day parades.
"I think it's just a little sacrifice for us being out in the cold when you think about how much the soldiers sacrificed for us," Mrs Whittaker said.
"We really wanted to instill in our children that remembering our Australian heroes is so important so I'm glad Jaxx has seemed to absorb that."