More than 5000 men, women and children gathered in a crisp morning under the 5th Light Horse memorial in Hervey Bay for the first of the Anzac Day services.
Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey led the service, and spoke of the sacrifice our troops had made for our freedom.
Manson's chilling rendition of the Australian and New Zealand national anthems echoed through the park.
Speaking to the media after the service, Marie Eardley-Harris told of her uncle's service to our nation.
"One brother was killed at Gallipoli on the seventh of August, 1915 at Quinn's Post," she said.
"He was in the second light horse and his number was 96 - he was only 23."
A community breakfast with about 2000 sausages was cooked by the Rotary Club with support of Woolworths.