THOUSANDS gathered in Pall Mall on Monday morning for an Anzac Day dawn service led by Bendigo district RSL president Peter Swandale.
In the first non-restricted service since the beginning of the pandemic, outside the Soldier's Memorial institute veterans and their families commemorated the fallen on the 107th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.
As the sun rose over Rosalind Park, Reverend John South delivered a prayer which carried some new sentiments.
"May we as a nation find more effective ways of providing the best care for them.
"We especially pray for peace to come to the people of Ukraine, and that all those who wish to impose their will on others be frustrated in their efforts."
War continues to rages on in Ukraine as Russian forces escalate the violence in the port city of Mariupol.
Thousands of kilometres away in Bendigo, people payed their respects to the fallen.
At the break of dawn, veterans young and old marched down Pall Mall through a sea of weary early-morning onlookers.
Just after 6am, the service concluded and was followed by a veteran breakfast.
The Anzac Day 10.15 march will be held on the corner of Chapel and McCrae streets.
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