A Navy officer was assaulted on a train in the southwest of Sydney after he attended an Anzac Day memorial service in the afternoon, News.com.au reported.

Able Seaman Corey Evans, who was wearing his uniform, was making his way home when he encountered a group consisting of four men and a woman who were harassing fellow train passengers and drinking alcohol.

The 24-year-old was punched in the face by a man after he approached the group to talk them out of drinking and shouting at the passengers as he and his partner Emma Novotny departed from the train in Glenfield.

Novotny was interviewed by Yahoo7 and recalled, “I can’t be clear as to what they were saying exactly at some points, however, they were disrespecting the war veterans that were sitting nearby with their constant swearing in front of young children and families, even after people including the war veterans kindly asked them not to.”

Novotny added that the men insisted that they were drinking to celebrate the momentous occasion but quipped that the day “wasn’t important to them so they didn’t care.”

After the assailant punched Evans, he hurriedly made a run for it up a flight of stairs. Novotny revealed that her partner was left surprised and offended by the deed, and onlookers who were nearby approached the couple to help him out.

“I could not imagine what would have been going through their minds. It’s so disheartening to see the disrespect from some individuals towards people who have fought and continue to fight for our country,” Novotny said.

The assault was not the only Anzac Day-related criminal event that happened as the police arrested a 16-year-old boy, who has since pleaded guilty, in his home in Auburn in Sydney, New South Wales for planning a terrorist attack coinciding with the special day.