Honour brings tears to veteran’s eyes

Rockingham businessman Darrel Herbert is an Anzac of the Year recipient.
Rockingham businessman Darrel Herbert is an Anzac of the Year recipient.

‘It’s an absolute honour and I’m very, very proud and it means a lot to me,’ Mr Herbert told the Courier.

The award is one of only five announced by national RSL president Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd).

State RSL president Graham Edwards said Mr Herbert was an outstanding Australian who had served the Rockingham community exceptionally well.

Mr Herbert, who owns Rockingham-based construction company Global Constructions Australia, was in the Australian Army for three years and served in Vietnam. However he rarely, if ever, talks about it.

It’s not just his military past that Mr Herbert keeps to himself. Rockingham RSL sub-branch president Mick Ryan added that months would often pass before he would hear of Mr Herbert’s involvement in a project.

Among the many contributions he has made to the club are numerous donations, from new chairs to a car, building an entry ramp and cleaning up the club’s Cenotaph.

‘He came to Rockingham and immediately had (an) impact, becoming secretary of the club from 2007 until 2011 and he continues to make major voluntary contributions to upgrade facilities, meet all costs of newsletters, clean up the club’s Cenotaph and many other activities,’ Mr Ryan said.

‘He took on the onerous task of preparing our Cenotaph for Anzac Day, providing infrastructure to sand-blast and paint an army 25-pounder and a navy anchor.

‘He is an outstanding winner because of his service, ongoing commitment and contributions toward the betterment of his fellow veterans and families.’

Mr Herbert said he would attend the dawn service and march in Rockingham.