LEETON'S Anzac Day dawn service was a poignant affair on Thursday morning.
Solid crowds were once again in attendance on what was a warm autumn morning at the Leeton cenotaph.
A march led by the Leeton Pipe Band made its way from the Wade Hotel to the cenotaph.
Made up of veterans, members of the Leeton RSL Sub-branch, Leeton Army Cadets, mayor Paul Maytom, school children and family members and descendants of the fallen, the march received a standing ovation as it neared the cenotaph.
Leeton RSL Sub-branch vice president Peter Williams led this year's service, with Father Anthony Dunne from St Joseph's Catholic Church leading the town in prayers of reflection.
Leeton Army Cadets made up the catafalque party at the dawn service, as well as later in the day at the main march.
Mr Williams spoke of Charles Bean, who served during World War I in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front.
He told of Mr Bean's recollection of Gallipoli.
"It is that tradition, which draws us here today," Mr Williams said.
"For on Anzac Day we commemorate those who lost their lives in all wars.
"We who are gathered here today in this dawn vigil remember with gratitude the men and women who have given and, are still giving, in our armed forces."
The Last Post was also sounded during the service and a minute silence observed.
At the end of the service the official party was dismissed and residents were invited to attend an Anzac Day breakfast at the Leeton Soldiers Club.
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