TIME TO REFLECT: Australian Army cadets from 17ACU were the catafalque party at Leslie Park for the Anzac Day dawn service this morning.
TIME TO REFLECT: Australian Army cadets from 17ACU were the catafalque party at Leslie Park for the Anzac Day dawn service this morning. Elyse Wurm

BEFORE THE DAWN: Thousands gather to honour our Anzacs

A LONE piper stood atop Warwick Town Hall playing a haunting rendition of Amazing Grace as a crowd of thousands gathered in Leslie Park for the Anzac Day dawn service.

It was the biggest crowd at a dawn service in living memory according to the Warwick RSL sub-branch and as the sun rose, residents stood in silence to honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and those still in conflict zones.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

 

Warwick RSL sub-branch president John Skinner opened the service by explaining the significance of gathering just before the dawn.

"It was the best time to attack the enemy, in the pre-dawn light," he said.

Two hymns were sung during the service, Amazing Grace and Abide With Me, which also held a special place in hearts of veterans.

"Troops during World War I had no radio, no television so the songs they learnt and knew were the songs they learnt in church," Mr Skinner said.

"There is a story about a Light Horse Troop in Palestine breaking into hymns."

Scots PGC student Jordan Simmers gave the youth address, saying gathering on Anzac Day wasn't about glorifying war.

"The scars of the war were deep and far reading to gather this level of respect years later," he said.

Ending with the last post, the sun then began to rise over the perfectly lush garden beds at Leslie Park on an important day of remembrance for Australians around the nation.



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