Veteran presents his final flag in Mandurah after a 47,000 kilometre journey

Veteran presents his final flag in Mandurah after a 47,000 kilometre journey

NOMAD and former soldier Rob Eade has presented his final flag.

The 73-year old veteran has travelled more than 47,000 kilometres, visited 183 towns and laid 614 flags for fallen soldiers in the past two years.

Today he presented the final flag to San Remo resident Myrna McDonald, mother of Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald (30) who was serving with Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in a helicopter crash in August 2012.

Mr Eade was inspired by the travels of American Mike Ehredt.

The marathon runner and veteran presented more than 6000 flags in the US, one every mile he travelled on foot to honour soldiers who died in war.

Mr Eade researched the names of every soldier who died in conflict from Vietnam until today and during the last two years, travelled on his trike and trailer with faithful Red Heeler Ginge, visiting the birthplaces of former soldiers and placing flags at war memorials in the towns where they were born.

On August 30 it will be six years since the death of Lance Corporal McDonald and a plaque will be installed at the fitness equipment area in Eros Park, San Remo in his honour.