Thousands of people paid their respect to the Anzac spirit while the sun slowly appeared over Newcastle this morning, as the Nobbys dawn service marked the return of commemorations for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic struck more than two years ago.
Poems, prayers, hymns and crashing waves provided the soundtrack to the solemn morning of reflection, as wreaths were placed and service people past and present marched.
Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Anzac Day was a time to reflect on the role of Australian forces in preserving and protecting peace throughout the world.
She also paid tribute to the citizens of Ukraine amid the ongoing invasion by Russia.
"Unfortunately, since we were last able to hold this service in person, war has once again erupted in Europe," Cr Nelmes said.
"The City of Newcastle stands with Ukraine and our wonderful local Ukrainian community in condemning the unjust and ongoing catastrophic aggression of Russia.
"The example of the people of Ukraine, who are fighting against overwhelming odds to protect their country and to ensure their democratic nation continues to exist, is a lesson to us all.
"No matter how much we strive to live in peace, there may always be forces - for no just reason - that try to destabilise and exert their will over innocent people, regardless of the physical and financial costs."
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