THE upgraded Toukley Cenotaph and Memorial Gardens were appreciated by locals at the Remembrance Day service on Tuesday.
Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, officially lit the eternal flame at the service.
She congratulated the Toukley RSL sub-Branch for their five years of work on the project.
"I also want to acknowledge the work of local artist, Ms Leasha Craig, who created the cenotaph's new eternal flame," Ms McBride said.
"I was pleased to support this through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program."
The cenotaph was erected in 1971 and was an important place for the community to show their respect for local people who served our nation, she said.
"The Cenotaph Memorial Gardens are the final resting place for 415 sub-branch members whose ashes are interred there.
"This year the original sandstone facade has been replaced with granite and disability access has been provided.
"Today school children around Australia and throughout commonwealth countries will be joining in commemorative activities. The Warnervale Public School Choir performed at the Toukley service in an atmosphere of honour and respect.
"Commemorations such as these are important to keep our memories alive and to offer our enduring gratitude to those who fought for our freedoms.
"It is also a reminder of the toll of war and the importance of peacekeeping.
"Lest we forget."