Thousands across the Shellharbour and Kiama stood solemn to commemorate Anzac Day on Wednesday morning.
Early risers were at Kiama lighthouse before dawn cracked at 5am.
Hundreds of people also braved frosty conditions to rise for the Anzac Day dawn service at Gerringong, held on the headland near the cemetery.
After wreaths were laid at the stone memorial, local kids were given the chance to place poppies on the memorial, as much a part of the ceremony as the veterans who served Australia in years gone past.
At Gerroa Fisherman’s Club, the traditional service was held at 7.30am, accompanied by a Salvation Army brass band.
Bill Popple, who served with the navy in New Guinea, was one of the oldest veterans at the Gerroa service.
“I’m the only one here with King George VI on my medals,” Mr Popple said.
“It makes me realise I’m really old. It’s a miracle I’m alive.”