Voice of Real Australia: As time and COVID marches on, we still remember the Anzacs

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Scenes from Anzac Day events across the country.

Scenes from Anzac Day events across the country.

Regardless of if we stood at the end of driveways, made our way to cenotaphs or gathered for two-up, across the country yesterday Australians commemorated the men and women who've served in wartime.

For many, this Anzac Day was a welcome return to gathering and paying respects together, in the quiet dark before dawn.

But for others, with restrictions still tight, it meant gathering as a family on a driveway or around the radio to listen to the Australian War Memorial dawn service.

However it was marked, the Anzac spirit was strong across communities yesterday.

In Western Australia, where the residents of Perth and Peel had Anzac Day events ripped from them just days before with a snap lockdown, marches and services instead turned into driveway events.

Poppies were displayed in front yards and residents gathered at dawn on driveways across the suburbs.

In NSW, people were again able to gather together to pay their respects with dawn services and marches across the state.

On the south coast at Kiama, Blowhole Point was again awash with people for the dawn service, while in Wollongong crowds returned for the Anzac Day march, with the streets lined with people.

Two-up also reigned supreme as hundreds flocked to the pubs on the NSW South Coast.

Further north in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle saw a smaller than normal crowd due to COVID restrictions, but it didn't take away from the sense of solemnity in honouring those who had served.

On the NSW North Coast services returned and communities commemorated together again this year.

The return to a traditional service was warmly welcomed in NSW's Central West as thousands gathered to pay tribute.

In Victoria, while registrations were necessary, numbers were not impacted with Ballarat residents gathering for their first dawn service in two years.

While in Queensland large crowds returned, with thousands attending Mount Isa's dawn service, enjoying a return to no restrictions and Anzac Day celebrations of old.

It was reassuring to see that despite time taking many of our veterans from us, Australians are still gathering en masse each year to pause and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.

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