Jak McVeigh-Davey, a corporal at air force Cadets in Roma and dad Geoff Davey commemorating this Anzac Day.
Jak McVeigh-Davey, a corporal at air force Cadets in Roma and dad Geoff Davey commemorating this Anzac Day.

Roma locals create stunning handmade memorial

COMMEMORATING a history of family members who have fought is integral for former army reservist, Geoff Davey and his family.

Mr Davey and his family created their own memorial in their backyard to ensure this Anzac Day was just like any other.

“This year, more than anything it’s important to still participate and remember those who fought,” Mr Davey said.

“Even though there wasn’t a formal service this year, it’s still important we make an effort.

“Only one morning we sacrifice and wake up early, compared to some people who were away from home and were hungry and cold for years on end.

“It’s the least we can do.”

Mr Davey served in the Australian Army for 12 years, as an Army Reserve member and now works as a paramedic in town.

His oldest son Jak McVeigh-Davey is currently a corporal in the air force cadets in Roma, 204 squadron.

Jak McVeigh-Davey, a corporal at air force Cadets in Roma.
Jak McVeigh-Davey, a corporal at air force Cadets in Roma.

“For my family, today is great tradition to remember a history of people who have served in the wars,” Mr Davey said.

“My twin brother, has also served in the Army Reserve for 28-years and is now a Lieutenant so the boys have that connection and understanding of Anzac Day from their uncle.

“My dad served, Great Uncle served in Changi and my great grandfather Percy Lay also fought.

“It’s important for my kids to see the significance and understand what today means.”

His wife Danielle and two boys Jak and Manning always celebrate Anzac Day with him – this year was no different.


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