LEST WE FORGET: Toby Tidyman carries the flame at the Hervey Bay 2019 Anzac Day dawn service.
LEST WE FORGET: Toby Tidyman carries the flame at the Hervey Bay 2019 Anzac Day dawn service. Cody Fox

ANZAC DAY: Rolling coverage from Fraser Coast services

UPDATE, 10.30AM: COUNTLESS families have filled Freedom Park and Main St in Pialba to honour the memory of Australian servicemen and women.

Students from schools across Hervey Bay marched in unison from Hervey Bay RSL to Freedom Park.

Proud parents and grandparents lined the street clapping and taking photographs of their children who walked in school uniform.

The wreath-laying ceremony has begun with a stream of people waiting for their turn to lay a wreath.

Attendees gather for the 2019 Hervey Bay Anzac Day parade.
Attendees gather for the 2019 Hervey Bay Anzac Day parade. Cody Fox

EARLIER, 9.15AM: VETERANS who joined in Maryborough's Anzac Day parade by riding in classic cars and military vehicles have received a big round of applause from those gathered near the city's cenotaph ahead of the main service.

Before them, hundreds of schoolchildren joined in the parade, proudly wearing their school colours to honour those who served.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders and Councillor Paul Truscott were both in attendance at the ceremony, in addition to thousands of people who have gathered in the street to pay their respects.

EARLIER, 8.50AM: SCHOOLCHILDREN, veterans, navy cadets and politicians are among those gathered at the Anzac Day at Howard's cenotaph.

From babies nursed in their mother's arms to youngsters watching on in school uniform and slightly overwhelmed by the solemn affair, one and all paid their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who came home after bravely serving their nation.

Police officers and members of the State Emergency Service have also attended the event to pay tribute to fallen and returned servicemen and women.

Harry, 12 and Charlotte, 13, Davies from Xavier Catholic College attend the Howard service.
Harry, 12 and Charlotte, 13, Davies from Xavier Catholic College attend the Howard service. Carlie Walker

EARLIER, 8.10AM: Veterans are preparing to lead the parade down to the Burrum Heads Community Hall as part of the town's Anzac Day celebrations.

Community groups, schools, SES groups and residents are part of the 150-strong crowd assembled at the boat ramp.

EARLIER, 7.15AM: The sun had just kissed the top of Fraser Island, visible from the Anzac Day ceremony at River Heads community hall when the sound of bagpipes sang out from the shadows.

More than 100 people gathered, many with their breasts adorned with loved ones' medals or their own, to pay their respects to the country's forefathers.

Heralded by the drum of Scottish navy serviceman Derek Fortune Jnr and the bagpipes from his namesake father Derek Fortune Snr, the march past the waiting crowd included local emergency service volunteers.

Anzac Day 2019 dawn service at River Heads.
Anzac Day 2019 dawn service at River Heads. Jessica Lamb

EARLIER, 7AM: AS the thump of the drum and the sound of bagpipes played in the distance, thousands of people lined the street to pay their respects.

Among them were many young faces and veterans wearing medals.

The crowd at Freedom Park, Pialba, looked on with pride and sadness as we remembered our fallen. 

Under the light of the street lamps at Freedom Park, students from Xavier Catholic College sangHere You Lie by Mark Puddy.

As music of the New Zealand national anthem played, a lone male voice proudly sang the lyrics from the crowd.  

Crowds march in Pialba for Anzac Day 2019.
Crowds march in Pialba for Anzac Day 2019. Cody Fox

EARLIER, 6.30AM: MARYBOROUGH'S airforce cadets led the catafalque party at the Anzac Day commemorations held in Tinana Memorial Park.

Hundreds gathered around the town's small cenotaph to pay their respects to the fallen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Among those gathered was Butch Lane who fought in Vietnam.

He was conscripted in 1966.

Mr Lane said he remembered the conflict as being "pretty rough".

His granddaughter Hailey Cross, 10, was part of the Tinana State School choir, which sang both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems in honour of the countries that fought side by side during World War One.

Butch Lane with his granddaughter, Hailey Cross at Tinana's 2019 Anzac Day service.
Butch Lane with his granddaughter, Hailey Cross at Tinana's 2019 Anzac Day service. Carlie Walker

UPDATE, 6AM: A packed crowd has filled the memorial park at Toogoom for this morning's dawn service.

The Hervey Bay 181 army cadets are acting as the standing guard.

Toogoom RSL president Doug Brimson has opened the service by looking back on the service of the last Anzac.

Crowds gather for Anzac Day Dawn Service at Toogoom Memorial Park.
Crowds gather for Anzac Day Dawn Service at Toogoom Memorial Park. Blake Antrobus

EARLIER, 5.30AM: THOUSANDS of people have gathered around the cenotaph at Maryborough's Queens Park on Thursday morning awaiting the city's dawn ceremony commemorating Anzac Day.

Maryborough's 2019 Anzac Day dawn service.
Maryborough's 2019 Anzac Day dawn service. Alistair Brightman

Those gathered were contemplating a very different morning 104 years ago in Gallipoli when brave young men, some from their home town, landed on the beaches at Anzac Cove.

The city's navy cadets, recently named the best in the country, have marched into position at the ceremony, accompanied by the sombre tones of the bagpipes.

Maryborough's airforce cadets at Tinana Park on Anzac Day 2019.
Maryborough's airforce cadets at Tinana Park on Anzac Day 2019. Carlie Walker
Classic cars and military vehicles drive past Maryborough's cenotaph on Anzac Day 2019.
Classic cars and military vehicles drive past Maryborough's cenotaph on Anzac Day 2019. Carlie Walker


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