Saturday will be a massive day for South Coast veterans with the eighth annual Shoalhaven Digger Day coinciding with Korea Veteran's Day.
The Kane Vandenberg Digger Day will be held at Shoalhaven Rugby Park, South Nowra from noon, while the annual Korea Veteran's Day will be held in Bomaderry later in the afternoon.
Digger Day will featuring a number of special guests including Victoria Cross recipients Keith Payne and New Zealand's Willie Apiata.
Organised by the Keith Payne VC Veterans Benefit Group, activities get underway from noon and will include the now traditional rugby clash between Shoals and Kiama to mark the occasion.
Event VIPs, which will also include Australia's last living George Cross recipient Michael Pratt, of Victoria, and Cross of Valour recipient Tim Britten, of Perth, will be flown into the venue on a Royal Australian Navy EC135 helicopter and a Westland Augusta helicopter from CHC Helicopters.
They will meet players from both sides before an official ceremony which will include a special performance by acclaimed violinist Rachel Bostok, who will play a stirring rendition of the Last Post on violin, followed by legendary local bugler Peter Williams, who will again play the Rouse, the call to duty for military personnel.
The Shoalhaven's connections with the VC will also be highlighted this year with Doug Rattey the great-nephew of Reg Rattey VC attending, as will the widow and son of Dasher Wheatley VC, Edna Wheatley, of Wollongong and George Wheatley, of Moruya.
Shoals will wear a specially designed jersey, which this year pays homage to World War II and in particular Kokoda, honouring the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
First grade kicks off at 1.15pm, followed by reserve grade at 3pm.
Two hours later and across town at Walsh Park, Bomaderry the annual Korea Veteran's Day will be marked in what is always a moving ceremony.
This year marks the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of the Korean War, with Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Suchang Cho attending the event.
Commonly referred to as 'the forgotten war', some 17,000 Australians served, more than 330 lost their lives and 1500 returned to Australia wounded.
The ceremony starts at 2pm and all are welcome.