Anzac Day supporters are also remembered

WHILE Australians recognise April 25 as an occasion of national commemoration, we might also spare a thought for the hard working men and women behind the scenes.

For 20 years Peggy Cantelo has been donating her time to help out with Anzac Day preparations.

Mrs Cantelo is a member of the Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-branch Ladies Auxiliary, and will be spending part of today making sandwiches for the Anzac day ceremonies.

Yesterday, Mrs Cantelo took up post at the Coffs Ex-Services Club, selling Anzac Day badges, including the new 'Support our Troops' badge, with half the money raised from sales going to the troops overseas.

"My late husband was a returned man - Jim's life was the RSL. I've been helping out with the Anzac Day preparations for the past 20 years, but I've slowed down a bit now," Mrs Cantelo said.

The lead up to Anzac Day has been a busy time for the Sawtell RSL Sub-branch.

"We started organising last November, and this morning we finally finished -- everything's got a big tick," club president Pat Gillespie said.

Also kept on their toes, members of the Woolgoolga RSL Sub-branch have been ensuring that the history of Anzac Day is passed on to the younger generation.

"We have been visiting schools in the area, talking to them on a variety of subjects such as morse code and animals in war, to keep the history going, so they can remember what it is all about," president of the Woolgoolga RSL Sub Branch, Greg Jackson, said.

Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-branch and club president, Bob Payne, also stressed the importance of involving the younger generation in the Anzac Day ceremonies.

"We welcome kids and veterans to take part in the Anzac Day March," he said.



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