Tom honoured as Anzac institution
TOM McLucas is an Anzac institution in Bundaberg.
For the past half a century, he has led the Anzac Day march as chief parade marshal, and was yesterday honoured for his service.
“When you survive a war it is normal to perpetuate the memories of fallen mates by being involved in ceremonies to honour them,” Mr McLucas said in his speech to Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday.
“This city has been proud to have a successful Anzac Day parade and as marshal it is our duty to make it successful, as we are also citizens of Bundaberg.”
Mr McLucas said his prime concern on Anzac Day was for the welfare, safety and comfort of each marching group.
“If you treat each group with respect they will appreciate that,” he said.
“Each marching group, whether it be a veterans’ group, school students, cadets or marching bands – they all waved to me when passing.
“What a warm feeling that gave me. It was worth all the effort.
“To do my duty as a Bundaberg citizen successfully as a parade marshal would have been rewarding enough for me – although I will admit 50 years is a fair length of dedication.”
Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch paid tribute to Mr McLucas’s efforts.
“In 1960 Tom started his service as an Anzac Day parade marshal with his father, a WW1 veteran who was chief parade marshal,” she said.
“On his father’s retirement Tom took over the role of chief parade marshal and has continued to this year, completing 50 years as an Anzac Day parade marshal as well as 50 years as a Bundaberg RSL sub branch committee person.”