Campbelltown Anzac Day service 2019: photos

Thousands of locals filled Mawson Park this morning to honour the services of Australia's service personnel during the Anzac Day morning service.

The solemn ceremony attracted a whole host of people of all ages, including veterans, school groups, families, community organisations and more.

The service followed the ever-popular Anzac march along Queen Street.

This year, the parade included military vehicles, a tank, classic cars, proud veterans and their family members, school children, community bands and more.

They provided a perfect opening to the commemorations of the 104th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

Campbelltown RSL Sub-Branch vice president Warren Browning emceed the event.

He spoke passionately of the role of Australian Service Nurses, who the Australian War Memorial highlighted with this year's Anzac Day theme.

Several students from St Patrick's College Campbelltown donned replicas of traditional Australian military nurse uniforms to honour the theme.

Mr Browning spoke of Australia's service nurses in Gallipoli.

"In the hospital ships off Gallipoli they looked after our soldiers, cared for their wounds, comforted and warmed them," he said.

"Australia lost more than 20 nurses by the end of World War I - seven of them were awarded the Military Medal for courage under fire."

Other speakers including Captain Stacey Porter of the Royal Australian Navy, Campbelltown RSL Sub-Branch president Dutchy Holland, Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and Macarthur MP Dr Michael Freelander delivered prayers and poems.

St Gregory's College student Nathanael Robinson delivered the guest address.

He told the gathered crowd that her was eternally grateful for the sacrifices of brave men and women - many scarcely older than him - who left their lives at home to fight for our nation.

"These sacrifices of bravery and gallantry saw the construction of such a legacy that is held so dear to every Australian," he said.

"When we hear of the Anzac legend we often hear of the camaraderie that these men and women possessed in order to get each other through the long and gruesome days on the front.

"It is this camaraderie and mateship that is evident even to this day in the spirit of every Australian."

The ceremony was rounded out with the Piper's Lament, performed by Ingleburn Pipes and Drums Band leader Peter Jakobsson, the sounding of The Last Post and Reveille by bugler Gary Badger and the reading of the Ode by Mr Holland.

Finally, guests from all walks of life laid wreaths, books, flowers and other tributes at the foot of the cenotaph.

Lest We Forget.