Thank you to the Maitland and East Maitland RSL Sub-Branch members, auxiliary members and the Morpeth ANZAC Day Committee who did so well to deliver ANZAC Day commemorative services at the Maitland Park, East Maitland and Morpeth war memorials.

It was unfortunate that, due to COVID restrictions and renovations at Lochinvar Hall, we could not hold services at Beresfield or Lochinvar, but the spirit was still there at those other sites.

I dropped into the East Maitland RSL memorial hall coffee morning before ANZAC Day. Everyone was working hard on the final details, which resulted, at Maitland and Morpeth, in very moving and respectful commemorative services. It was wonderful to see the active participation of our local police officer in charge, Chief Inspector Tony Townsend; our Federal member of Parliament Meryl Swanson, member for Paterson; mayor Councillor Loretta Baker; and other councillors attending their local services.

Most of all, I thank the members of the RSL, the auxiliary and the public for their participation—whether it was at home, in quiet, private reflection at one of our many local memorials or at a formal service. We will remember them. Lest we forget.