Heartfelt march for father

AMID the modern Anzacs leading the march down Banna Avenue with veterans from pre-1975 conflicts following proudly behind was a father and his young daughter, finally reunited.

Four currently-serving members of the Australian Defence Force were present at the march, including Christopher Potroz who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

Two years ago, his daughter Maddison, now nine, stole the hearts of those who attended the service as she marched clutching a toy rabbit with a photo of her father on it.

At the time, Mr Potroz was halfway through his tour and the rabbit was her comfort.

This year, father and daughter marched hand-in-hand with the rabbit under Maddison's other arm.

She said marching with her dad was exciting and made her happy as she cuddled her army bunny.

"I can never go to sleep without it," she said.

Mr Potroz is stationed in Brisbane and was on a training course in Albury so he drove to Griffith to share Anzac Day with his family.

"I march every year," he said.

"Maddison wanted to get up for the Dawn Service, but we let her sleep in, she might get to next year.

"For me, the march is more about showing respect to those who have been over, alive or dead, and paying tribute to the sacrifice they've made."

Mr Potroz, who is with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, spent his deployment at the multinational military base Tarin Kot.

"We were the first deployment not to lose a man so it was a good trip for us," he said.

"It was a different culture over there and they do things differently, but apart from that it was a normal job."

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