As Anzac Day approaches those of us who have served for their nation look back and remember why they made their sacrifices.
From team mates to colleagues to friends, quite often it's the people you meet in those organisations that keep you around, rather than the organisation itself.
Jim Nuttall was in the Citizens Military Force for a total of 44 years and said it was his comrades that kept him serving for so long.
"I joined in 1972 and retired in 2016, serving in Innesfail, Cairns and Mount Isa. I worked with some great people over that time and had a lot of good experiences, it's probably what kept me going for so long," Mr Nuttall said.
"We would do all sorts of jobs to help communities and if I didn't enjoy what I did I wouldn't have stayed over forty years.
Mr Nuttall said this year's Anzac Day was going to be different from previous years.
"Every year we have commemorated Anzac Day parades but this year we are waiting to see if the gathering size laws will change by April 25, Mr Nuttall said.
"If it remains at no more than two it will be difficult to do anything but they may go back to ten soon enough.
"We will be laying wreaths on the cenotaph at some stage though to pay our respect. As long as the day gets commemorated the best way it can and we get an opportunity to do something.
"I can always remember my mother saying after the first World War everyone new someone that had died during the war, so we must remember the magnitude of our history."
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