Today Show host Richard Wilkins broke down live on air as he spoke emotionally about his family’s links to the armed forces on Anzac Day.
Appearing on Weekend Today on Sunday, Wilkins shed tears as he shared photographs of his father and grandfather, who both served for New Zealand.
The 66-year-old told viewers his father Anthony trained to be a pilot while his grandfather George William Thomson served at Gallipoli in World War I in the medical corps.
Wilkins became emotional as pictures of his father wearing his pilot’s uniform and of his great-grandmother sending his grandfather off to war flashed on the screen.
“It’s always a bittersweet day in our family because it is my son Christian’s birthday today but my grandfather and dad both served,” he said.
“This is my dad Anthony Richard Wilkins who was in pilot training in Vancouver. He was 21 years of age there.
Wilkins was overcome with emotion when the picture of Mr Thomson was shown, saying “Sorry, that’s my granddad”, before co-host Jayne Azzopardi took the reigns.
“On his way to Gallipoli with his mum saying goodbye to him. We had a look at that photo yesterday,” she said with an arm on Wilkins’ shoulder.
Newsreader Sophie Walsh also moved to support Wilkins. “Don’t apologise,” she said. “It’s an emotional day for everyone, all families across Australia.”
Wilkins first shared the images on Saturday, telling viewers his sister had recently discovered the picture of their grandfather.
The entertainment reporter travelled to Gallipoli with the Today Show in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of Anzac diggers hitting the Turkish shores in 1915.