As the sun rose across Australia, a hushed silence fell across the country.
Thousands stood side-by-side for Anzac Day, for the first time in two years, to watch the night sky turn to dawn, pausing and reflecting on the great sacrifice men and women before them have made.
“Our strength is found in each other,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the crowd in Canberra, where a moving dawn service was held at the Australian War Memorial.
The Catafalque party at the Stone of Remembrance during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (Sydney Morning Herald)

“This time last year like so many other times in our history, we faced a defining moment as a nation, a moment of uncertainty and danger, when the future seems so uncertain masked by fog,” he said.

“We couldn’t gather, indeed, but we held candles in our driveways and on balconies and we played the Last Post on phones and radios and some will do together.

“We discovered a deep truth about who we are. Our strength is found in each other.”

“Our strength is found in each other,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the crowd in Canberra. (Sydney Morning Herald)
In all capital cities and towns across the country, except for Perth which is under a snap lockdown, eased coronavirus restrictions meant large crowds could gather at cenotaphs and war memorials.

In Sydney, 1200 people attended the service at Martin Place.

RSL NSW President Ray James told Weekend Today Anzac Day is an important occasion to remember those who haven’t returned home.

“I know myself and other individuals I talk to, you reflect in similar ways,” Mr James said.

“You reflect on the people you served with, especially as a veteran and think of family members who never came home or family members still serving. It’s very important.

“It makes you get goose bumps I suppose.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklia addresses the crowd at Sydney’s Anzac Day dawn service. (9News)
Around 1200 people were able to attend Sydney’s dawn service in Martin place. (9News)

Around 10,000 then marched through the CBD for the official parade.

Attendees included 104-year-old WWII vet Alf Carpenter, who marched proudly down Elizabeth St.

World War 2 Vet 104 year Alf Carpenter marching down Elizabeth St Sydney on Anzac Day, 2021
Alf Carpenter, a WWII veteran, walked in the parade in Sydney’s CBD. (Nine)

In Coogee, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, thousands turned out for the dawn service and then parade along the popular stretch of coast.

Lifeguards stood with veterans to pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedom.

Flag-bearer Mark Spooner leads the ANZAC day march from the Coogee Diggers RSL to Coogee beach in Sydney. (Getty)
The sun rises over Coogee during the Anzac Day dawn service. (Getty)
Serviceman Luke Williams shares a moment with his partner Montana Seaman after the dawn service at Coogee Beach. (Getty)

At Melbourne’s Shine of Remembrance, 1400 people were allowed to attend.

A high metal fence was erected around the shine to keep people away.

Many were frustrated by the cap, particularly because crowd numbers have been boosted at the MCG for AFL games this weekend.

“Obviously we’re younger veterans, but out of frustration and almost protest I came here because I refuse to get a ticket to allowing what, 75,000 people to go to football but I can’t come here to mourn, pay my respects,” veteran Brett Harrison told Weekend Today.

People are seen paying their respects at the eternal flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. (Getty)

The Light up the Dawn campaign began last year during the COVID lockdown when services were cancelled amid the pandemic.

Rather than attending events, people were urged to light a candle and stand in their driveways to pay their respects.

From driveways to marches, young and old commemorate Anzac Day

Today, that tradition was continued across many cities and towns.

Perth, which is on the second day of its snap three-day lockdown, saw many take part in Light up the Dawn after official services were cancelled.
Driveway services have been held in Perth as the city goes through a snap three-day lockdown. (9News)
Poppies are laid in driveways as residents mark Anzac Day. (9News)
Brisbane residents stand in their driveways to commemorate Anzac Day. (9News)

Brisbane also took part in the Light up the Dawn services, planting poppies and pay tribute to the fallen.

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