Picton 2019 Anzac Day service draws huge crowd: Photos

More than 12,000 residents - including a huge contingent of children - braved cold conditions to pay their respects to Australia's past and present soldiers this morning in Picton.

Picton Memorial Park was a hive of activity at 6.30am ahead of the town's Anzac Day march and commemoration service.

The sound of a marching band's drums grew louder as a fleet of people marched down Argyle Street towards the park in misty conditions.

The sun began beaming down as the marchers arrived for the solemn Anzac Day ceremony.

The Picton Anzac Day Committee organised the annual commemoration service, which was led by committee president Ray Law.

Mr Law thanked all attendees for paying their respects, particularly Wollondilly's children and school-aged students.

"We must never forget the sacrifices that were made for us today," he said.

"Thank you to everyone who has come today... without members of the public, there would be no point in holding this service.

"I think they [veterans] would appreciate that the little ones came out to remember and thank them."

A highlight of this morning's ceremony was the large number of residents and children who laid a wreath at the foot of the Picton Memorial Park's cenotaph.

This was followed by the sounding of Reverie, a minute's silence and then finally the Last Post.

You could almost hear a pin drop during the minute's silence.

The service finished with the Benediction, the Australian National Anthem followed by God Save the Queen.

After the service, Mr Law estimated that more than 12,000 people attended and said he was pleased with the turn-out.

Mr Law said that figure was slightly down on Picton's Anzac Day service last year.

He said planning for next year's service would begin in the coming days.

"Thank you to all of our volunteers again, you go above and beyond," Mr Law said.

Lest We Forget.

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