Thousands gather for city dawn service

An estimated 8000 people gathered in Brisbane’s ANZAC Square for today’s dawn service.

The service began at 4:28am at the Shrine of Remembrance for a memorable 97th anniversary of the Anzac Cove landings at Gallipoli in Turkey.

Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley referred to the changing light of dawn and shifting shadows as a poignant reminder of the ambush that awaited the ANZACS at Gallipoli.

“More than 8000 young Australians lost their lives,” Ms Wensley said.

She said the actions of the ANZACs at Gallipoli were a defining moment for the two young nations of Australia and New Zealand.

The dawn service concluded with the awe-inspiring Last Post, a two-minute silence and Reveille.

Chaplain Tom Sullivan said final prayers before the playing of the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.

Official guests included Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszcuk.

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