Dave Edmond

By Greg Piper
Category: Local Legends

The Lake Macquarie community is very proud of its returned service men and women, and none more so than Dave Edmond of Wangi Wangi. The Vietnam veteran was recently awarded life membership of the National RSL. That is a fitting tribute to a man who served his country valiantly not only as a rifleman but also in peacetime service to his community. Mr Edmond returned from Vietnam on HMAS Sydney in December 1969. He did not join the RSL until 1997, but he has spent the past 20 years providing support to other returned service men and women. He was awarded his life membership, somewhat appropriately, on Vietnam Veterans' Day before a large crowd at Wangi Wangi RSL Club. Mr Edmond is currently the senior vice-president of Wangi Wangi RSL Sub-Branch, having previously served as president and secretary. In his role as president of the Newcastle district of RSL sub-branches, he presides over 22 other sub-branches. Dave Edmond is a highly respected member of the local community. I welcome this opportunity to acknowledge his efforts in the Parliament and thank him for his commitment and service to the community. (Picture courtesy of The Lakes Mail)