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Commemorative bus paying tribute to Anzac spirt throughout Hunter

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The indomitable essence of our servicemen and women, past and present, will be showcased throughout the Hunter leading up to and after 25 April.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison joined veterans and staff from CDC NSW to officially unveil a special bus, the Anzac Spirit, at Thornton during the week.

The vehicle, which will travel around the region, pays tribute to Australians who currently serve and have served in the Australian Defence Force.

It features a custom exterior wrap design depicting iconic images and symbols honouring the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac), who represented their countries proudly.

Silhouettes of diggers, poppies and an Australian sunrise along with the words Lest We Forget are also prominently displayed.

“CDC NSW is honoured to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of our Australian veterans and active military members through this special bus design,” chief executive officer David Mead said.

“We employ many veterans across NSW.

“So, this is a great way to also recognise those staff and thank them for their service.

“As we observe Anzac Day this year, we want to ensure those who served have access to transportation to pay their respects at memorial events across the communities in the Hunter Valley we serve.”

CDC NSW staff member Rachel Wheatley echoed those sentiments.

“As an ex-serving member, wife of a current serving member and child of parents who also both served, this makes my heart smile,” she said.

“I am incredibly grateful CDC NSW is paying homage to our current and ex-service members.

“On Anzac Day, we come together as a nation to honour the memory of those who have fallen, to support our veterans, and to reaffirm our commitment to preserving the freedoms they fought so bravely to defend.

“I feel a deep sense of pride and responsibility to uphold the values and traditions that define our military heritage.”

Ms Aitchison admitted it was “wonderful” to see CDC NSW pay tribute to the local veterans in such a way for Anzac Day.

“These buses will be visible around the Hunter over the next month,” the Maitland MP said.

“It’ll remind residents of the great sacrifices made by past and present service men and women from our region.”

The Anzac Spirit will remain in operation for one month following Anzac Day as a traveling memorial.

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