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Father's Service Recognition Medal a surprise for Amy

SURPRISE HONOUR: Amy Costelloe receives her father’s Service Recognition Medal from Scott Seccombe.
SURPRISE HONOUR: Amy Costelloe receives her father’s Service Recognition Medal from Scott Seccombe. Gemima Harvey

GATHERED at the Coffs Harbour cenotaph with her family, Amy Costelloe had no idea what was about to happen.

As she's set to lay a wreath at the cenotaph during the Anzac Day dawn service, she had a feeling the reason for being there was due to that upcoming honour.

What the Orara High student didn't know was she was about to receive a medal honouring the service her father, Dan, had given to the Australian Army.

The Recognition Service Medal is in honour of Dan's two tours of duty in Afghanistan as well as another one serving in East Timor.

Clearly surprised by the presentation from passionate ex-serviceman Scott Seccombe, Amy said having her father's 20 years in the armed forces recognised made her feel honoured.

"I'm proud that I've got it because it's for my Dad," Amy said.

Mr Seccombe said presenting the medal was a great day for him as the two served together for many years and were like family.

"This one is a special one because I served with Dan, Amy's Dad, 20 years ago."

"We served in 3rd Field Troop, 1 Field Squadron and the 1st Common Engineer regiment back in the 90s at Holsworthy and basically we were corporals together, we were nicknamed the 'Umbilical Brothers' because everywhere we went we went together."

For Amy, it's a big couple of weeks with her role on Anzac Day filling her with pride.

"I've gone to every Anzac parade every year since I was born," she said.

"It means that I can look at all the people that have served for us, my Dad, my uncle, my Mum was in the Army, basically my whole family with grandpa serving as well."

Topics:  coffs harbour, orara high school



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