Campbelltown RSL Sub-Branch president Dutchy Holland was "very humbled" to receive an Order of Australia Medal this week.
The 79-year-old was awarded for his ongoing service to veterans and their families.
Mr Holland said he was proud to be involved with the local Sub-Branch - which he has been a member of since 1973 - and watch Campbelltown remembrance services grow over the years.
"When I started as president of the Sub-Branch in 2000 we'd only get 200 or 300 people to the Anzac Day services in Mawson Park," the Minto Heights resident said.
"But now we get thousands, and there are so many young people, families and children.
"It's excellent to see the way it has grown."
Mr Holland said he didn't expect to receive an OAM for his community work.
"It was really a surprise," he said.
"You don't get involved in the Sub-Branch to win an accolade of this size.
"We don't do it for recognition.
"It's a very humbling thing to receive an OAM."
Mr Holland said he was "very proud" of his achievement and his friends in the Sub-Branch were also "pretty chuffed".
However, his family was a little confused by the whole thing.
"When I told them, they said 'what's an OAM'," Mr Holland said.
"They're not into all that kind of stuff. But in the end they were proud."
Mr Holland said he was grateful to whoever nominated him.
"I don't know who it was but I suspect it was another veteran," he said.
"It means a lot to have the respect of other veterans.
"To me personally, this award is all about veterans."
Mr Holland's other community work has seen him involved with the Vietnam Veterans Association (NSW and Macarthur branches), the South West Multicultural and Community Centre and Macarthur Training and Learning Centre.