ANZAC DAY: Rolling coverage from Fraser Coast services
UPDATE, 10.30AM: COUNTLESS families have filled Freedom Park and Main St in Pialba to honour the memory of Australian servicemen and women.
Students from schools across Hervey Bay marched in unison from Hervey Bay RSL to Freedom Park.
Proud parents and grandparents lined the street clapping and taking photographs of their children who walked in school uniform.
The wreath-laying ceremony has begun with a stream of people waiting for their turn to lay a wreath.
EARLIER, 9.15AM: VETERANS who joined in Maryborough's Anzac Day parade by riding in classic cars and military vehicles have received a big round of applause from those gathered near the city's cenotaph ahead of the main service.
Before them, hundreds of schoolchildren joined in the parade, proudly wearing their school colours to honour those who served.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders and Councillor Paul Truscott were both in attendance at the ceremony, in addition to thousands of people who have gathered in the street to pay their respects.
EARLIER, 8.50AM: SCHOOLCHILDREN, veterans, navy cadets and politicians are among those gathered at the Anzac Day at Howard's cenotaph.
From babies nursed in their mother's arms to youngsters watching on in school uniform and slightly overwhelmed by the solemn affair, one and all paid their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who came home after bravely serving their nation.
Police officers and members of the State Emergency Service have also attended the event to pay tribute to fallen and returned servicemen and women.
EARLIER, 8.10AM: Veterans are preparing to lead the parade down to the Burrum Heads Community Hall as part of the town's Anzac Day celebrations.
Community groups, schools, SES groups and residents are part of the 150-strong crowd assembled at the boat ramp.
EARLIER, 7.15AM: The sun had just kissed the top of Fraser Island, visible from the Anzac Day ceremony at River Heads community hall when the sound of bagpipes sang out from the shadows.
More than 100 people gathered, many with their breasts adorned with loved ones' medals or their own, to pay their respects to the country's forefathers.
Heralded by the drum of Scottish navy serviceman Derek Fortune Jnr and the bagpipes from his namesake father Derek Fortune Snr, the march past the waiting crowd included local emergency service volunteers.
EARLIER, 7AM: AS the thump of the drum and the sound of bagpipes played in the distance, thousands of people lined the street to pay their respects.
Among them were many young faces and veterans wearing medals.
The crowd at Freedom Park, Pialba, looked on with pride and sadness as we remembered our fallen.
Under the light of the street lamps at Freedom Park, students from Xavier Catholic College sangHere You Lie by Mark Puddy.
As music of the New Zealand national anthem played, a lone male voice proudly sang the lyrics from the crowd.
EARLIER, 6.30AM: MARYBOROUGH'S airforce cadets led the catafalque party at the Anzac Day commemorations held in Tinana Memorial Park.
Hundreds gathered around the town's small cenotaph to pay their respects to the fallen in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Among those gathered was Butch Lane who fought in Vietnam.
He was conscripted in 1966.
Mr Lane said he remembered the conflict as being "pretty rough".
His granddaughter Hailey Cross, 10, was part of the Tinana State School choir, which sang both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems in honour of the countries that fought side by side during World War One.
UPDATE, 6AM: A packed crowd has filled the memorial park at Toogoom for this morning's dawn service.
The Hervey Bay 181 army cadets are acting as the standing guard.
Toogoom RSL president Doug Brimson has opened the service by looking back on the service of the last Anzac.
EARLIER, 5.30AM: THOUSANDS of people have gathered around the cenotaph at Maryborough's Queens Park on Thursday morning awaiting the city's dawn ceremony commemorating Anzac Day.
Those gathered were contemplating a very different morning 104 years ago in Gallipoli when brave young men, some from their home town, landed on the beaches at Anzac Cove.
The city's navy cadets, recently named the best in the country, have marched into position at the ceremony, accompanied by the sombre tones of the bagpipes.