Lest we forget

Jacob Peters with daughter Elliot.

Broken Hill-based veterans reflect on their time of service ahead of ANZAC Day.

Community members will gather at local ceremonies on Monday to commemorate and acknowledge those who put their lives on the line.

Former serviceman, Jacob Peters, said he is proud of his contribution and it is an extra special day for him.

“There’s not too many people in the world that get to put the flag on their shoulder and represent their country,” he said.

“Doing that at a young age is something I’m definitely proud of.”

Mr Peters spent four years in the Australian military and was deployed to Iraq in 2007 as part of the Royal Australian Regiment 5th Battalion.

Monday is another reminder of the sacrifices people have made and for Mr Peters, a time to count his blessings.

“There’s a lot of people that never got that opportunity again,” he said.

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“That’s in mind coming into ANZAC Day and just how lucky we are to get the opportunity to do things that we love with the people with love.”

He will attend the service dressed in his medals and beret alongside his daughter.

Resident Nancy Nienaber is the last surviving WWII servicewoman in Broken Hill.

Mrs Nienaber, who turns 95 this year, still vividly remembers the emotional scenes when the war ended.

“ANZAC Day is very special,” she said. “Everyone should never forget.”

She served in the final two years of the second world war in administration and completed many courses, including ammunition.

Mrs Nienaber is a member of the local RSL and Legacy Clubs and urges the community to continue supporting their work.

Mr Peters said all veterans share a unique bond and wants locals to get behind the RSL sub-branch.

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“It’s a bond that’s shared through generations,” he said.

“That’s the good thing that ANZAC Day does it brings people together that I wouldn’t know were veterans in the community.

“It comes a time in every generation where it’s time to step up and carry the torch.

“It’s an organisation people should really get behind.”

The dawn service will begin at 6am followed by the Memorial Service at 11am.

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