Live cover Anzac 2014

Anzac Services 2014

Last updated 05:00 25/04/2014
Anzac Day 2014
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Anzac Day is drawing huge crowds back to services. This startling image came from the 2012 service on Stewart Island taken by photographer Matt Jones.

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The voices of war, remembrance and mateship resonated in Anzac Services throughout the south today. 

Two of the strongest voices to stand out as thousands of people turned out for services included Danny Raikeia, at the Invercargill service, and Bill Slater in Bluff.

''I would like to thank everybody in Southland for getting up. The biggest thing for me is the kids and their grandparents, seeing them here, it brings your spirits up. 

''You are there to mourn the loss of your comrades, but you must not forget that the people have come here to honour you as well.... it's humbling,'' Vietnam veteran Danny Raikeia said.

In Bluff, Bill Slater, 96, said: ''I served this country but it cost me a lot of friends.''

Final attendance figures have yet to come but 4000 people attended the Invercargill service that started at 7am.

Torrential rain hit the Southern Lakes District and disrupted services.

In Clyde the service was shifted to the town hall, Queenstown RSA president Dave Geddes, on social media, said it was an amazing turnout despite rain and weather conditions in Arrowtown meant it was too slippery to get to the town's cenotaph, which is on a steep hill.

It was a special service at the Tisbury Hall as the honour roll was called for the final time.

Today, marked the last time the service will be held in the small hall after 71 years of commemorations.

* Our live cover of the services in the south has now ended.

However, click on the link below to replay the feed to view images and quotes as they rolled in from 6am. 

You can also view audio slideshows, videos, photo galleries and read about past Anzac services and special Anzac projects at our Southerners At War section of the site. 

Services for 2014 begin in the south:



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