Sailor’s Anzac Day homecoming
AFTER 12 years serving away from the Clarence Valley, Navy sailor Scott Gordon is home.
Mr Gordon was among those who laid wreaths at yesterday's Anzac ceremony at Memorial Park in Ulmarra, and earlier at the Wooli Dawn Service.
While he has only a week before returning to his base at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, the leading seaman air crewman said it was nice to be home.
"There's a bit of sentimental value in (being here)," he said.
"My step-grandfather's name is on the memorial plaque."
Having attended school at Ulmarra, Mr Gordon said there were also a few familiar faces in the crowd.
Born in Wooli, he was a naval cadet in Grafton throughout his school years and marched in Clarence Valley Anzac marches.
He enlisted in the Navy when he was 19 years old.
During his career, the father of two has been deployed to the Solomon Islands, twice to the Middle East and later worked in border security.
One of his deployments in the Middle East was cut short so he could attend the birth of his twins Flynn and Matilda, who turn two next month.
Mr Gordon is now looking towards a future where he can spend more time with them, but said he had loved his time with the Navy.
"It's the best thing I've done in my life. I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't," he said.
"I've come a long way from working at McDonald's."