Anzac Day services well-supported

Large crowds turned up and stayed until the end of Anzac Day services held at Blue Mountains war memorials last Friday.

The scene at the Anzac Day service at Glenbrook.

The scene at the Anzac Day service at Glenbrook.

WInmalee High School captain Maddy Antrum addresses the Anzac Day service in Springwood.

WInmalee High School captain Maddy Antrum addresses the Anzac Day service in Springwood.

Attendees at Glenbrook's service.

Attendees at Glenbrook's service.

Students from Mt Victoria Public School lay a wreath on Anzac Day.

Students from Mt Victoria Public School lay a wreath on Anzac Day.

Lollipop marched in the Blackheath parade to remember the horses who were shipped to Europe to serve during World War One.

Lollipop marched in the Blackheath parade to remember the horses who were shipped to Europe to serve during World War One.

A man and his grandson pause to pay their respects after laying a wreath at the cenotaph at Lawson.

A man and his grandson pause to pay their respects after laying a wreath at the cenotaph at Lawson.

Hazelbrook public school students join in to sing Australia's national anthem at the  service at Gloria Park.

Hazelbrook public school students join in to sing Australia's national anthem at the service at Gloria Park.

A replica vintage army jeep's headlights guide the Blue Mountains Pipe Band through thick fog during the Anzac Day march towards the cenotaph at Honour Avenue, Lawson.

A replica vintage army jeep's headlights guide the Blue Mountains Pipe Band through thick fog during the Anzac Day march towards the cenotaph at Honour Avenue, Lawson.

At Mt Victoria rugged up local schoolchildren laid wreaths in the chilly mist in honour of all our fallen Diggers.

In Blackheath a horse named Lollipop accompanied the march to symbolise the horses Diggers used in the battlefields during World War I.

Crowds lined the streets of Glenbrook and Katoomba to watch the marches, while war memorials at Wentworth Falls, Springwood, Lawson and Hazelbrook were packed with families at services.

School children, Scouts and Girl Guides members eagerly accepted an invitation to sing the national anthem to conclude the Anzac Day service at Gloria Park.

In a touching moment at the cenotaph at Honour Avenue in Lawson, 16-year-old Australian Air Force Cadet Ashley Hawthorn (cadet sergeant) delivered a speech of tribute.

“My great-grandfather spent his whole working life in the military, both my grandfathers served in the Royal Australian Air Force, my father [Dean] and both uncles served or are serving in the military, I have an elder brother [Daniel] who served in the RAAF, my eldest sister [Melissa] is currently serving overseas on deployment with the RAAF and I have six cousins now serving in the Army and Air Force,” Miss Hawthorn said.

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