About 20,000 people at Brisbane's Dawn Service for Anzac Day

People laying flowers at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square in Brisbane.
People laying flowers at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square in Brisbane.

The muted sound of drums started the Brisbane Anzac Day commemorations as a handful of veterans completed the traditional pre-dawn march from King George Square in the CBD.

An estimated 20,000 people crowded quietly at the refurbished Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square.

As more drums rolled the silence was pierced by a single man who sung out with an impromptu haka.

In his address Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey showed the crowd just a handful of more than 10,000 newly digitised photos of World War One veterans and reminded them of the ordinary lives they lived.

He said that was until they travelled overseas for active service, where many sacrificed their lives.

"In 2019 we have a new way to remember the Anzacs, we can see their faces," he said.

He said that was until they travelled overseas for active service, where many sacrificed their lives.

After the service veteran Anthony Griffiths, 65, said the reverence Australians and New Zealanders felt towards of Anzac Day ceremonies had not diminished.

Australian Associated Press

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