PROUD: Zena Warrian wearing her late husbands' and father-in-law's medals at the Injune Anzac service.
PROUD: Zena Warrian wearing her late husbands' and father-in-law's medals at the Injune Anzac service. Lucy Rutherford

Zena Warrian has a lifetime of memories

AT 95-YEARS-old, Zena Warrian proudly donned the service medals of her two late husbands and her father in law as she marched in the parade for the Injune Anzac service yesterday

morning.

After her husband, Tom Warrian passed away two and a half years ago Zena has taken his place marching in the Injune parade, an event they had attended together for more then 18 years.

Tom Warrian was a soldier in the Darwin battalion in his service years and lived to be in his 90s.

Her first husband, John Campigli fought as a solider in World War II at the tender age of 16 and went on to serve as a guard in the Vietnam War.

Tragically, he died in a road accident not too long after he returned from the Vietnam War.

On reminiscing of the significance of Anzac day, Ms Warrian was thrilled to see so many people show up to pay their respects for the service men and women who fought for our country.

"It brings back the life I lived right before my eyes,” Ms Warrian said.

"When my first husband returned home from World War II no-one was there to greet him, and no-one besides me and our children cared that he had

returned.”

"These days its a different story. Every year so many people are turning up to pay tributes to our soldiers, we're running out of

seats.”

Ms Warrian believes the Anzac commemorations are a great way for school children to be educated about what our troops went through and the sacrifices they made.

"Its lovely to see so many children participating and recognising what our service men and women have done for us. It really makes me proud,” Ms Warrian said. "Anzac Day is a revival of what I lived through and it brings back a lifetime of memories.”


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