Anzac Day 2014 in the Illawarra: photos, live blog

Today we commemorate the men and women who gave their tomorrow for our today. Stay with us for the latest Anzac Day news in the Illawarra and across the nation.

Lest we forget.

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2.20pm: 

2pm: THIRROUL - Two-up has begun!

1.20pm: AUSTINMER, WOLLONGONG, SHELLHARBOUR, PORT KEMBLA - Watch footage of the Illawarra dawn services and Wollongong City March.

12.46pm:

12.35pm: GALLIPOLI - Anzac dawn service

The 99th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli are commemorated with a dawn service on the Turkish peninsula.

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12.30pm: CANBERRA

12.15am: 

11.54am: 

Wollongong soldier marks Anzac Day in Afghanistan

Private Angela Paulo near the front gate of Camp Baker, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Picture: AUSTRALIAN ARMY

Private Angela Paulo near the front gate of Camp Baker, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Picture: AUSTRALIAN ARMY

Wollongong's Angela Paulo will observe Anzac Day in Afghanistan during her first deployment with the Australian Defence Force.

"Being deployed overseas on warlike operations in Afghanistan on Anzac Day is going to be a lasting personal and professional memory," she told the Mercury by telephone on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

11.30am: Don't forget double demerits are in place until midnight on Sunday. Police are also targeting anti-social behaviour through Operation Irwindale.

Full story here.

11.10am: Beautiful! Christie Smith wears her great-grandfathers World War II medals at the Shellharbour Anzac service.

See all of the photos here.

Christie Smith wears her great-grandfathers World War II medals. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Christie Smith wears her great-grandfathers World War II medals. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Shellharbour Anzac service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Shellharbour Anzac service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

11.08am: 

11.07am: 

10.50am: WOLLONGONG CITY MARCH - Corrimal RSL sub-branch march by followed by Albion Park sub-branch.

10.42am: WOLLONGONG CITY MARCH - Watch a short video of the march.

10.40am: WOLLONGONG CITY MARCH - The Illawarra Pipe Band.

The Illawarra Pipe Band at the Wollongong City March. Picture: ANGELA THOMPSON

The Illawarra Pipe Band at the Wollongong City March. Picture: ANGELA THOMPSON

10.35am: CANBERRA - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Australian War Memorial.

10.30am: WOLLONGONG CITY MARCH

Picture: ANGELA THOMPSON

Picture: ANGELA THOMPSON

10.28am: BOMADERRY

10.15am: NOWRA MARCH via South Coast Register

10.09am: WOLLONGONG CITY MARCH

10.05am: WOLLONGONG CITY MARCH - The war widows marquee on Church Street.

Picture: ANGELA THOPMSON

Picture: ANGELA THOPMSON

9.51am: Wollongong City March will start at 10am. It begins at the south end of Church Street, along to Cenotaph, then along Burelli Street to WIN Stadium. Service will be at Wollongong Town Hall. 

Two up at Illawarra Leagues Club starts at noon.

The crowd gathers to watch Wollongong City March.

The crowd gathers to watch Wollongong City March.

9.41am: Where did you commemorate the spirit of Anzac this morning? You can tweet us your pics (@illawarramerc) or post them on our Facebook.

9.40am: 

9.36am: 

9.35am: 

9.30am: THIRROUL - Thirroul Bowling, Leagues and Recreation Club have cleared the tables and reset for their massive Two-Up ring. Starts at 1pm.

9.20am: KIAMA - 

9.10am: Say thank you or post a memory of those who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces on our tribute wall.

9.04am: 

9.02am: SHELLHARBOUR

9am:

8.45am: SHOALHAVEN HEADS

8.40am: 

8.30am: AUSTINMER - Photographer Kirk Gilmour captures the hundreds who commemorated Anzac Day at Austinmer dawn service.

See the rest of the photos here.

Austinmer dawn service. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Austinmer dawn service. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Austinmer dawn service. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Austinmer dawn service. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Austinmer dawn service. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Austinmer dawn service. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

8.20am: WOLLONGONG - Beautiful images from photographer Adam McLean a the Wollongong dawn service on Thursday.

See the rest of the photos here.

Wollongong dawn service. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Wollongong dawn service. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Wollongong dawn service. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Wollongong dawn service. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Wollongong dawn service. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Wollongong dawn service. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

8.10am: 

What Anzac Day means to Bronson Harrison

Like everyone else either side of the Dragons-Roosters divide on Anzac Day, Bronson Harrison will pause to reflect. Thoughts will turn to those who served Australia and New Zealand in combat while the Last Post echoes throughout an eerily quiet Allianz Stadium.

Then he'll remember Uncle Dickie, the Vietnam vet, who like many from the same war, was afflicted by Agent Orange.

Bronson Harrison. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Bronson Harrison. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Read the full story here.

7.50am: PORT KEMBLA - Touching shots by photographer Andy Zakeli from Port Kembla dawn service.

See the rest of the photos here.

Port Kembla dawn service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Port Kembla dawn service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Port Kembla dawn service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Port Kembla dawn service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

7.45am: Say thank you or post a memory of those who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces on our tribute wall.

7.43am: THIRROUL - 

7.40am: GALLIPOLI - 

7.35am: 

7.26am: MARTIN PLACE - 

7.15am: Where did you commemorate the spirit of Anzac this morning? You can tweet us your pics (@illawarramerc) or post them on our Facebook.

7.13am: CANBERRA -

7.05am: AUSTINMER - The crowd has started to disperse.

7am: AUSTINMER - 

6.50am:

The man who led Wollongong's first Anzac march

The Great War had been raging in Europe for almost three years when the first Anzac Parade took place in Wollongong in 1917. Leading the soldiers along Crown Street that day marched an imposing moustached fellow, who despite being obviously older than any of his comrades, still towered above most of them.

Read the full story here.

Thomas Kennedy Irwin, an Ireland-born veterinarian, with his sons William McIntosh Irwin (left) and Charles Duff Irwin. Pictures supplied

Thomas Kennedy Irwin, an Ireland-born veterinarian, with his sons William McIntosh Irwin (left) and Charles Duff Irwin. Pictures supplied

6.39am:

6.26am: PORT KEMBLA - Wreaths are laid to commemorate the fallen.

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6.13am: 

6.12am: PORT KEMBLA - A crowd of at least 500 people are gathered at Port Kembla RSL for the service.

6.10am: PORT KEMBLA -  Illawarra politicians Stephen Jones, Noreen Hay and Wollongong councillor Ann Martin are at the service.

6.01am: AUSTINMER -

6am: PORT KEMBLA -

5.59am: 

5.57am: PORT KEMBLA - The march has started led by the marching band.

5.56am: AUSTINMER - Diggers march down Lawrence Hargrave Drive as part of the Austinmer dawn service.

5.50am: 

5.45am: AUSTINMER: A crowd has gathered at Austinmer dawn service.

5.40am: Austinmer dawn service: Order of Service

5.37am: PORT KEMBLA: A crowd of about 200 people are gathered outside the RSL Club where the march will finish after it comes down Wentworth Street.

People say there are fewer people here compared to previous years which may be due to issues surrounding the closure of the RSL Club leading people to think there was no march scheduled for Port Kembla this year.

5.37am: Port Kembla dawn service:

The crowd to watch the Port Kembla dawn service and march starts to build.

The crowd to watch the Port Kembla dawn service and march starts to build.

5.40am: 

5.30am: Thousands have risen early this morning to commemorate the many thousands of soldiers who have served this country.

Lest we forget.

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