This morning across the Northern Rivers, crowds gathered from 4.30am for ANZAC Day dawn services, and with numbers up on previous years, over a thousand people surrounded the cenotaph in Lismore.
With a feeling that the assembly was there for more than the ANZAC commemoration, everyone stood in absolute silence remembering those who had served and fallen.
Despite the cenotaph being damaged in the first flood, temporary repairs meant that the event could still go ahead.
Master of Ceremonies for the event was City of Lismore RSL sub-branch representative Wilson McClelland who introduced Reverand Aaron Coates to lead the group in prayer and the Lismore High Choir who sang both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.
The dawn broke as the sound of the bugle and pipes filled the flood-weary streets of Lismore with the sound of hope.
Photos Tree Faerie