St George Illawarra Dragons Assistant Coach Jason Demetriou shares his personal connection to ANZAC Day ahead of the fixture against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Monday.
Demetriou reflects on the service both his grandfathers gave to their country and shares his gratitude that they played their role in allowing such a fixture like the ANZAC Day Cup to exist.
“It’s a joy to be here working for the Dragons and to be involved in games such as the ANZAC Day Cup is something special,” said Demetriou.
“ANZAC Day is special not only to me but all Australians and many have people involved in the ANZAC ceremony for their services to the country.
“All the players and staff speak about how important the day is as well as how big the game is with the crowd that attend and the air of excitement that comes with it.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of it and hopefully we can get the win.
“Both my grandfathers fought in the Second World War.
“My mum’s father was a Royal Marine and he spoke a lot of time about his time in the army.
“I grew up watching some videos and live footage of him actually going in to get some intel on German ships and you can actually see him on a boat.
“He was someone who was very vocal and my brother marches every year with his medals so I am looking at doing that with him this year and being involved in the morning and finishing off with a great afternoon of footy.”