The Shoalhaven's Digger Day event is all set to carry on the tradition of respect and remembrance in 2019.
The Nowra Memorial Gates was the perfect place to recently announce a new era for Digger Day.
The Nowra RSL Sub-branch, after sponsoring and hosting seven amazing Digger Days since 2012, passed the organisation of the event over to the Keith Payne Victoria Cross Veteran Benefits Group.
The Keith Payne VC group is led by Fred Campbell and Rick Meehan, who knows all about running Digger Day.
Mr Campbell and Mr Meehan were on hand recently to receive a nice gesture from the Sub-Branch.
Sub-Branch representative, David Girdlestone, presented 17 player jerseys from the 2018 game to Mr Campbell and Mr Meehan to carry on the tradition.
The jerseys will be used for upcoming fundraising and promotional activities.
This year's Digger Day will be held on July 27 at Rugby Park, South Nowra and it promises great event.
Mr Meehan and Mr Campbell have already been busy planning for this event.
Mr Meehan said this year's Digger Day event will have a World War Two theme.
"We are going to pay tribute to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and the Kokoda Track," he said.
Digger Day has a special place in Mr Meehan's heart.
"Digger Day means a time to reflect on what our veterans have done for our country in all past wars and conflicts. It's important that we remember our veterans and Diggers Day is about commemoration and celebration," he said.
"So we commemorate those who have died in past wars and conflicts but also celebrate our defence force and all those who serve in it."
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Fellow Digger Day organiser Fred Campbell always looks forward to the event.
"Digger Day is about recognising our people who have served and also the people who are still serving," Mr Campbell said.
"It (Digger Day) is about making sure they are all right, and getting them around like-minded people."
Mr Girdlestone said Digger Day was about recognising the troops.
"It recognises the troops - the ones that served, the ones that are coming in and the ones that will be there in the future," Mr Girdlestone said
Mr Girdlestone said it was important that society had the facilities to help the service people and make sure are all right when they come back home.
Mr Girdlestone, each year, looks forward to Digger Day.