GWEN Herdegen is honoured to lay a wreath today, for two diggers she holds dearly in her heart.

The Sawtell resident, 94, said the centenary was "a very moving day," one she didn't think she would be alive to commemorate.

Her father, Clyde Cavanagh, fought at Gallipoli and the Battle of Beersheba in the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Her husband, Cecil Robert Herdegen, was a World War II digger who fought in Libya, Greece and across the monumental battles of the Middle Eastern front.

"I feel honoured to think that my father fought in those battles and came home, and my husband, who was blown up three times and also came home," Gwen said.

"It just means so much to me that I'm alive to see the 100-year anniversary - I never expected to live so long."

Gwen has been involved with the Sawtell RSL sub-branch for 64 years and was named Sawtellian of the Year in 2011 for her work with the Women's Auxiliary.

She volunteered her time supporting returned servicemen after she met a severely injured man, who lost all of his limbs. That man lay in the hospital bed next to her husband.

Gwen and Cecil met in Bonville and married as soon as he returned from service.

They lived together in Sawtell until he died in 1992.

"So many members of my family have been involved with the wars," she said.

During World War II her brother served in the air force and her cousin and her uncle were both held as Prisoners Of War.

Today the mother of three will lay a wreath on behalf of the Sawtell RSL Women's Auxiliary and another in honour of her husband and father.