Tamworth residents turned out in droves to pay their respects at the Anzac Day Dawn Service on a warmer than average April morning.
An estimated 5000 people crowded the Anzac Gates to witness the poignant and touching ceremony, as the sun peeked over the iconic backdrop of the Wentworth Mounds above Anzac Park.
Jayne McCarthy led the service, and in doing so became the first female president in the 101-year history of the Tamworth RSL sub-branch to do so.
Following the opening address and prayer, former sub-branch President Bob McCarthy recited the moving poem A Soldier's Farewell by soldier poet CT O'Neill.
The service marked the 113th year that Australians have made valuable contributions in theatres of war all over the globe, and that was not forgotten by Mrs McCarthy in her moving address.
"And so, it was, that on this very day, 104 years ago, the legend of the ANZAC was born, and the ANZAC tradition was forged," she said.
"Their legacy has become the benchmark of courage, mateship, humour and determination for all to live by, so much so that it has become a part of our national identity, and it is no more apparent than in those who wear a uniform and defend our nation."
Following the address, wreaths were laid and the Last Post, Reveille and Soldier's Lament rung out, echoing throughout the city as the large crowd observed moments of silence and remembrance in between.
Following the service a proud Mrs McCarthy thanked both the residents and visitors of Tamworth for attending the service, as well as the many volunteers and council for their help "in making this happen every year."
"I can only see so far out with the light, but it was great to see such a packed crowd on such a beautiful morning," she said.
"The Tamworth Dawn Service is always the perfect way to start a very special day for the region, and the nation."