The Anzacs have been remembered in ceremonies at Parramatta and Merrylands today.
Soldiers who fought in wars including World War I, World War II, Korea, the Vietnam war and many others were remembered at Dawn Services held by Parramatta RSL and Merrylands RSL from 5.15am.
There were more than 2000 at the Merrylands RSL war memorial to remember fallen soldiers and those fighting in wars today in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The age of people at the service ranged from toddlers in strollers to veterans in their 80’s and 90’s.
At 5.15am as the crowd continued to gather, Parade Commander CUO Dominic Mizzi yelled the signal for the march to start.
With that, the marching band began to play and a line of people formed behind them and the military, and made their way to the club cenotaph via Newman Street, Memorial Avenue and then Merrylands Road.
At 5.30am the march concluded and the service began which was led by Reverend Bob Bosini.
Singer Sarah Cocco gave an emotional rendition of Kiplings Recessional which was followed by a passionate speech from Reverend Brian Rensford.
The crowd remained deafly silent as the Reverend tried to make sense of the conflict in Gallopoli.
‘‘How could you possibly make sense of such a campaign?" he asked.
‘‘Today we remember those who died before their time.’’
Before the traditional playing of The Last Post at the end of the ceremony, those familiar words were read out by sub branch president Syd Thode.
‘‘They shall not grow old, as we the are left to grow old.
‘‘Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
‘‘At the going down of the sun in the morning we will remember them.’’
And as the sun rose at the conclusion of the service, it was clear from the large crowd, that the Anzac’s memory will be remembered.
Other locals travelled to nearby RSLs in Auburn and Blacktown, both of which cover parts of Parramatta and Holroyd areas to pay their respects.