The Lake Macquarie town of Wangi Wangi was filled with respect, excitement and joy on Anzac Day, with hundreds of people in attendance.
People lined the streets and watched from roofs for the march and convoy of military vehicles through the main street.
Afterwards, crowds packed into Wangi RSL and the adjoining shore to mark the occasion.
Leigh Warren, Wangi RSL sub branch president, said about 1000 people also attended the dawn service in the lakeside town.
"The support shown by Wangi is incredible," Mr Warren said.
Summing up his Anzac Day message, he said: "Don't forget the past because it helps us with our future. We owe the veterans so much."
The march and convoy was an occasion of remembrance and celebration, with crowds creating a passionate atmosphere.
People waved Australian flags and showed their appreciation under blue skies.
A tank broke down in the main street at one point, but the convoy proceeded without issue.
Dozens of people participated in the traditional Anzac Day game of two-up on the Wangi RSL shore.
Shouts of heads and tails were met with cheers or jeers and cries of "easy come, easy go", as coins were tossed and lady luck had her way.
Maddy Dimmock, 26, was among dozens of passionate young people trying their luck at the game.
"It's just a good time with the community," Ms Dimmock, of Woodrising, said.
Asked how she approached the game, she said "You've got to trust your guts".
Ms Dimmock was enjoying herself but didn't risk too much money, betting amounts of $5 only.
"I'm a tight-arse," she quipped.
Karly Gray, 26, wasn't quite so risk averse.
"I managed to lose $150 in 15 minutes," she said.
"I'm a uni student, so now I need to scab drinks for the rest of the night."
Two-up began at 1pm after an army helicopter flew in the "pennies and paddle" for the game, having landed on the Wangi shore as part of the day's festivities.
Todd Stevens, of Balcolyn, said playing two-up on Anzac Day showed "respect for the Diggers".
"It's what they did," Mr Stevens said.
His son Hayden Stevens added "the biggest thing is the tradition".
"Something like this shouldn't just float away."
The pair have been attending Anzac Day events for years.
"It was one of the best services I've been to, with the bugle playing live and outdoors," Hayden said, of the 10.30am service earlier in the day.