World War II veterans in The Hills were honoured posthumously for their service with certificates of appreciation.
Mitchell federal MP Alex Hawke and Castle Hill RSL Club directors presented the certificates to family members of the soldiers: Trevor Darby, Archibald McCauley, Vincenzo Paciullo and Harold Waller.
“Australians will always be thankful for the dedication and sacrifice the men and women of our defence force have shown during times of war, conflict and peace,’’ Mr Hawke said.
‘‘The certificates of appreciation are just one way that we can show our gratitude.
‘‘They are also a lasting legacy to the family of deceased veterans and civilians.’’
The certificates may also be awarded to those who served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation, the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (Japan), and various peace operations.
The recognition of service program has also been expanded to include Australian defence force personell who served in Afghanisatan.