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World War II veteran and Essendon legend Jack Jones inspires AFL players

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Former Essendon player Jack Jones has inspired players and staff at his old club in a special ANZAC Day service ahead of the historic game next week.

The now 93-year-old served in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville in World War II and described his journey and life after the war.

Mr Jones played 175 games, including seven grand finals for three premierships.

He told Nick McCallum he spoke to the players about what ANZAC Day means to him.

“I just talked a little bit about the war and spoke about bonding and culture of the club,” Mr Jones said.

“I don’t like talking about the war too much.

“You grow up pretty quickly when you’re in action at 19.”

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“It’s a sad day for me,” Mr Jones said of ANZAC Day.

“Once they play the Last Post, the hairs go up on the back of your neck.

“It is lovely to see the men out on the ground playing football.”

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Photo: Essendon FC

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