I pause to thank the many residents, young and old, who gathered at Anzac Day services across Port Stephens last week.
I recognise the hard working RSL sub-branches for hosting these important commemorations. With a common purpose we gathered to remember the lives of those who returned home broken in body or soul, or never returned home at all.
In Port Stephens we pay special tribute to the many servicemen and service women who currently serve at the RAAF Base Williamtown and in other arms of the defence forces.
Many dads, mums, sons and daughters have been deployed to the Middle East and elsewhere over recent years but the legacy of their service begins when they return home.
I thank the RSL sub-branches of Medowie, Tea Gardens, Karuah, Raymond Terrace, Tilligerry and Nelson Bay for their ongoing support to veterans from all wars.
While we see their work most visibly on Anzac Day, we know that the RSL's support of veterans is a year - round task.
This year it was particularly pleasing to see the number of students participating in Anzac services across the electorate. I congratulate and thank everyone involved. Lest we forget.