Anzac Day dawned on the chilly side in the Upper Clutha, but soon warmed into a golden autumn day as hundreds of people attended three remembrance services.
Lake Hawea and Wanaka held lakeside vigils at 7am, while Tarras held a service in the village’s memorial hall.
More than 800 people attended the Lake Hawea vigil, while those in Wanaka and Tarras drew several hundred each.
There was no Wanaka town hall service mid-morning, due to Covid concerns, but after a higher-than-expected turnout to the dawn service, the Wanaka RSA organised an impromptu parade up the main street in town to lay poppies and wreaths at the foot of the town’s cenotaph at the top of the hill in Chalmers St.
Two Tiger Moth aircraft also flew over with a pair of Chipmunk aircraft.
The same formation, organised by pilot John Lamont, also flew above Tarras at the end of that service later in the morning.
School children led the way at the three events, singing, speaking and performing other official functions.
The Australian and New Zealand national anthems were sung, while pipers and buglers also played their part.
At each service, speakers reflected on the present challenges faced by people in Ukraine, which is under attack from Russia.
They also reflected on challenges experienced by servicemen and woman in various conflicts over the past 100 years.