Being part of the armed services is "in the blood" for Warrant Officer Class Two Michelle De Friskbom.
The Numbugga resident has spent 28 years in the defence force and is currently a serving reservist, while her son Corporal Matthew Knight is also serving and is based in Darwin.
At Remembrance Day in Bega on Monday, where Ms De Friskbom's daughter Amy wore her great-grandfather's World War 1 medals, both she and her son spoke of the pride they have in their family's history of being involved in the military and the reasons they commemorate the day.
"For me it's a time to pause and re-think on our family's history as well as those that have served and are currently serving today," Ms De Friskbom said.
"For me, obviously a lot of the focus is on World War 1, but after serving for these past years its about remembering the more modern sacrifices as well, like those that have died in Afghanistan," Corporal Knight said.
Not only had grandparents on both sides of his family served in the forces, but his father is an ex-member of the army and he has two uncles in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Both he and his mother agreed that over the past few decades there had been a shift within the defence force.
"I think the big thing now is mindset and attitude," Corporal Knight said.
"But people are there for the same thing."
He himself was partly inspired to join the services because of his mother's experiences.
"I saw how much fulfillment and happiness mum got out of it," he said.
Ms De Friskbom said she was "happy and really proud" of her son's achievements.
"I think the defence force is a great career for anybody; regardless of what you read in the media these days it's still a great career," she said.