Dawn Service in Ballina on Anzac Day.
Dawn Service in Ballina on Anzac Day. Marc Stapelberg

PHOTOS: Thousands gather for dawn services

HERE'S our wrap up of Anzac Day services across the region so far.

Have you been to a service today, or are you planning to go to one? We would love to see your photos. Email news@northernstar.com.au with the photo and details.


HUNDREDS of people filled the RSL Memorial Park to mark the 103rd anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.

Navy cadets stood to attention as speeches honouring soldiers in armed conflict were read out.

Ex-serviceman, school captains, serving military personnel, families, and community leaders including Mayor David Wright, gathered around the cenotaph at Memorial Park.

Ballina RSL Sub Branch Ltd vice-president Darren Murnane got things underway as parade commander calling into the darkness and signalling the beginning of proceedings.

Ballina Shire Concert Band and Ballina Christian Choir supported the service providing hymns and the national anthems, whereupon it was time for the Last Post and The Ode. Read more about the Ballina service here.


UNDER a dawning sky, with the occasional star piercing the clouds, around 1000 people gathered to pay their respects to our past and present servicemen and women at Lismore's dawn service.

From babies to their great grandparents they stood patiently as they commemorated one of the most important days on the Australian calendar.

As the men and women marched in silence down Molesworth St the years fell from them and you could see them as they were when they served our country. 

The service was held at the Lismore Memorial Baths.


KOOKABURRAS joined in with the sad refrain of Danny Boy, sung as the sun rose behind the Memorial Gates at this year's ANZAC Day Commemorations in Byron Bay.

It was a distinctly Australian sound to hear as another big crowd of around 400 along with two horses and their riders, Mark Noble and Kimberley Derighetti, took part in year's Dawn Service.

This year's commemoration focused on the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba- a battle that saw the world's great cavalry charge by the Australian Light Horse- Mr Noble and Ms Derighetti took part in last October's Beersheba centenary ride from Tabulam to Copmanhurst.

The Beersheba connection was strong in Byron Bay this year with Paul Clark, whose grandfather Roy Winter was in the 4th Brigade of the 12th Regiment of the Mounted Corps at the Charge on Beersheeba, delivering this year's address.

The Last Post and Reveille were played by Pastor of the Byron Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church, Keith Jackson on the bugle that once belonged to Mr Winter.

Mr Clark, along with his grandfather's bugle, also made the trip back to Israel for the centenary commemorations and re-enactment of the famous charge last last year at the original site in Israel.

"It was an incredible experience to follow in my grandfather's footsteps and see the battlefield and other locations like Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the West Bank," Mr Clark said.


There was a good crowd at the Alstonville service, which was held at Elizabeth Anne Brown Park.

The Ballina RSL Sub-branch hosted another big dawn service at the cenotaph, with the RSL Club posting this video to Facebook shortly afterwards:

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