Above: RAN Captain Paul Mandziy CSC with Narrabri RSL Club CEO Paul Gordon, RSL Women’s Auxiliary president Dawn Hedley and Narrabri RSL sub branch president Gary Mason following the 11am service at the Narrabri War Memorial on Thursday.

Thursday’s Anzac Day observance again drew strong participation from the wider community with well attended services in the towns and villages across Narrabri Shire.

Beginning with the dawn services it was clear that the community’s desire to remember the sacrifices of servicemen and women in wars and conflicts around the globe has not diminished. In fact, participation in Anzac Day activities grows each year.

As Narrabri RSL sub branch president Gary Mason said, it is very heartening for returned service people and their family members to see so many younger people taking part.

Schools were well represented again this year, the students marching proudly along with people from all facets of the community and taking part in the services.

In Narrabri, the number of spectators lining the Maitland Street route of the march to applaud the parade was a testament to the sense of engagement felt by so many.

As the march continued on to the memorial for the official service, the onlookers followed to be part of the proceedings.

They gathered in the RSL club parking area, across Fitzroy Street, along Maitland Street and in close to the memorial focal point of the event, school students seated in front and hundreds more seated behind.

Narrabri High School students were busy offering water to participants, always a welcome service.

Narrabri welcomed guest speaker RAN Captain Paul Mandziy CSC to this year’s Anzac commemoration services.

Captain Mandziy delivered the Anzac Oration at the Narrabri Dawn Service, led the march in Narrabri and presented the Prologue at the Narrabri War Memorial Service at 11am.