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Young and old: All ages paid their respects at the Anzac Day dawn service in Parramatta. More photos at parramattasun南京夜网419论坛. Picture: Geoff JonesThe Anzac legend is as strong as everin Parramatta.
Nanjing Night Net

Sombre: A veteran remembers his mates. Picture: Geoff Jones

Several thousand early risers lined the streets on Monday for the 4am march, followed by a dawn service in Prince Alfred Park.

This year marks 75 years since HMAS ParramattaIIwas sunk by the Germans in the Mediterraneanwhile supporting Allied forces in Tobruk during World War II.

Just 24 of the162 on boardsurvived.

The last of thesurvivorsdied in 2011.

The strong presence of youth wasrecognised as they laid wreathsand marched with familywho served.

A service was held atParramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool afterwards, where handmade poppies were tied to the gates, amid fears the memorial may be bulldozed to make way for the new stadium.

Servicemenand women, past and present gathered at Parramatta RSL afterwards.

Past and present: Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Marrion Meledje, Sergeant Kirrily Kelson and Korean War veteran Frank Hinchcliffe at Parramatta RSL.

Sergeant Kirrily Kelson was a hairdresser before she joined the army 19 years ago.

“I wanted a career change and to serve my country,” she told the Sun.

“My grandfathers served in World War II and my father was in the army for 38 years.”

The North Parramatta residenthas served in Afghanistan,Bougainvilleand Timor.

“The hardest thingis losing friends during deployment,” Sergeant Keslonsaid.

This is her first Anzac Day in Sydney.

“It’s important to commemorate so we don’t forget,” she said.

Parramatta RSL sub branch life member Frank Hinchcliffe, 89, was a private in the Third Battalion Royal Australian Regiment who served in the Korean Warbetween 1950-51.

“It was very cold in winter and hot in the summer,” he said.

The Greystanes residentlater took part in the march in the city, joined by his grandson.

“The people who served and died for our country have got to be respected.”

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