Anzac Day ‘the best day of the year’: former soldier

Brett Warner will march on Anzac Day for the first time since leaving the army.
Brett Warner will march on Anzac Day for the first time since leaving the army.

For the Burns Beach resident, it is still ‘the best day of the year’.

After joining the military in 1986, Mr Warner served a tour of duty in Bosnia, three tours in Afghanistan and another in Iraq.

‘Like everyone, most service people appreciate the public standing up and simply saying ‘thanks’,’ he said.

This Anzac Day will be particularly special for Mr Warner as it will be the first time he will see his son, who recently joined the Army Reserve, march in uniform.

‘We used to take the kids down to watch each Anzac Day, but this will be the first time I get to watch him march,’ he said.

Mr Warner, who now works as a teamwork and leadership consultant as well as an Army Reservist, said he had noticed a resurgence of interest in Anzac Day over the past few years.

‘I think the general public is more aware and feel like they want to give back in some way,’ he said.

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