COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Basil Stemp, 50 Years East Maitland RSL Sub-Branch

Congratulations Basil Stemp for your service to our nation and 50 years of membership and service with the East Maitland RSL Sub-branch, as recognised at their ANZAC Day Service this year.

Basil served in the Australian Army for 23 years, and was involved in several conflicts, including Vietnam, Korea and Japan. Basil went on to become the first Vietnam Veteran to serve as a RSL sub-branch President in the Hunter for three years in the early 1990's. Basil was Marshall of the Cenotaph for 30 years and Pensions officer for 10 years. Basil was recognised by Maitland City Council with the City of Maitland Medal in 2009. The Consult General of South Korea conferred the Ambassador of Peace Medal on Basil and four other veterans in 2015.

Basil felt so strongly that everyone should be given a chance to participate ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorative services, that for decades he would organise commemorative services for groups such as Maitland Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association, Rotary, hospitals and nursing homes. The entire Maitland Community and our veterans thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your tireless work over half a century.