Solemn scenes as ANZAC Day commemorated at Penrith, St Marys

There were solemn scenes at this morning's ANZAC Dawn Service in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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Large crowds have attended ANZAC Day services in Penrith and St Marys this morning.

There were emotional scenes at Memory Park as the City of Penrith RSL Sub-branch held its traditional Dawn Service.

Penrith City Councillor Ross Fowler lays a wreath. Photo: Melinda Jane.

The cold dawn air, often the first sign of the winter ahead, was cracked by a spine-tingling version of ‘The Last Post’ before silence fell over those gathered.

The New Zealand and Australian National Anthems were performed ahead of the dismounting of the Catafalque Party.

State Penrith MP Karen McKeown at the Dawn Service. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Reverend Rod Bailey delivered the opening prayer, while two hymns – ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ – were sung.

A wreath laying ceremony took place with invited guests and members of the public laying tributes to those who have fought in all wars, many paying the ultimate sacrifice.

This morning’s Dawn Service in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.


Despite the early hour, crowds were just as strong as in previous years as Penrith locals took part in a strong tradition on the most important day of the year.

For many, it’s also the toughest, as they reflect on their personal connections to war. Many in attendance this morning wore the medals of parents, grandparents, great grandparents and other relatives.

Tributes to the fallen. Photo: Melinda Jane.

A dawn service has also taken place in St Marys, with a large crowd in attendance.

Other services will be held throughout the day, including one at Emu Plains at 11am.

Deputy Mayor Mark Davies. Photo: Melinda Jane.
Troy Dodds

Troy Dodds is the Weekender's Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia's leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.

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