Mr Vasta, Federal Member for Bonner, has today announced that 65 years after being honourably discharged from the Australian Army, Frederick William Aubrey (AUB) Daw will be finally recognised for his wartime service.
In a ceremony at the Bonner Electorate office on Monday 11th of April, Mr Daw will be presented with two service medals by Mr Vasta on behalf of the Australian Government in recognition of his valuable contribution to Australia during World War II.
Mr Daw enlisted in the Army in May 1943. Initially allocated to a Small Water Craft Squadron, Mr Daw served in a number of appointments eventually seeing out the war as a storeman in the Quartermaster’s store at Redbank.
“Even though Mr Daw is receiving these medals 65 years after his service the timing is poignant as it comes on the eve of Anzac Day when as a nation we stop to remember and reflect on the sacrifice of men and women who have served and who are still serving our nation in times of war and peace,” said Mr Vasta.
When asked why it had taken so long to receive formal recognition, Mr Daw said that he did not feel the need to seek such recognition as he felt proud enough just to have served and have done his bit for Australia in her time of need.
“It’s an absolute honour for me to be able to present these medals to Mr Daw whose service to our country is just as relevant today as it was 65 years ago. I know that I speak for the people of Bonner when I say that I am grateful for his service to our nation,” said Mr Vasta.
This week Mr Vasta has sent each Bonner resident a special Anzac Day message encouraging them to attend local Anzac Day Services and to post letters of support to more than 3000 uniformed Defence personnel deployed around the world.
“In recent years there has been a resurgence of participation from the community at Anzac Day Ceremonies because the legend of the Anzacs has transcended time to become a symbol of what we value as Australians.” Said Mr Vasta.