Live cover Anzac 2014

Te Anau's two WWII veterans Louie Nicholson, left, and Alf Excell lay the RSA wreath during the Anzac service today.
Te Anau's two WWII veterans Louie Nicholson, left, and Alf Excell lay the RSA wreath during the Anzac service today.
Warrant Officer class one Danny Broughton, of Wellington, Nicole Brown, 5, and Tegan Kennedy, 8, (blue jacket), both of Winsdor area Brownies at the Eastern Cemetery.
Warrant Officer class one Danny Broughton, of Wellington, Nicole Brown, 5, and Tegan Kennedy, 8, (blue jacket), both of Winsdor area Brownies at the Eastern Cemetery.
People take shelter under umbrellas during today's service in Clyde. It was only the second time in 20 years the service was forced indoors because of rain.
People take shelter under umbrellas during today's service in Clyde. It was only the second time in 20 years the service was forced indoors because of rain.
Khalen O'Donnell, 7, holds a wreath at the Thornbury Anzac Day service. She is about to hand it over to a fire fighter to lay on the cenotaph.
Khalen O'Donnell, 7, holds a wreath at the Thornbury Anzac Day service. She is about to hand it over to a fire fighter to lay on the cenotaph.
Russell Baker leads the Te Anau Anzac parade down the town's main street.
Russell Baker leads the Te Anau Anzac parade down the town's main street.
Firefighter Kelven Caskill plays the Last Post at the Portobello Anzac Service.
Firefighter Kelven Caskill plays the Last Post at the Portobello Anzac Service.
Preparing to march from the Tuatapere RSA hall to the Tuatapere Memorial Library for the laying of poppies and flowers.
Preparing to march from the Tuatapere RSA hall to the Tuatapere Memorial Library for the laying of poppies and flowers.
Returned servicemen lay poppies at Arrowtown's memorial gates.
Returned servicemen lay poppies at Arrowtown's memorial gates.
The parade reaches Arrowtown's memorial gates.
The parade reaches Arrowtown's memorial gates.
Returned servicemen and fire service personnel gather to lead a procession to Arrowtown's memorial gates.
Returned servicemen and fire service personnel gather to lead a procession to Arrowtown's memorial gates.
A time to remember at the Invercargill service.
A time to remember at the Invercargill service.
Cromwell members of the Roxburgh Brass Band, Lynne Ellis, Gemma Ellis and Mike Childs.
Cromwell members of the Roxburgh Brass Band, Lynne Ellis, Gemma Ellis and Mike Childs.
Arrowtown's Athenaeum Hall is packed, with standing room only inside as the crowd spills into Buckingham St as the Arrowtown service starts.
Arrowtown's Athenaeum Hall is packed, with standing room only inside as the crowd spills into Buckingham St as the Arrowtown service starts.
People make their way to the cenotaph at Clyde.
People make their way to the cenotaph at Clyde.
Duncan McGregor and Sean Withington,11, with an American Dodge military jeep. McGregor brought the jeep along with anti-aircraft spotlight to the Winton Anzac service.
Duncan McGregor and Sean Withington,11, with an American Dodge military jeep. McGregor brought the jeep along with anti-aircraft spotlight to the Winton Anzac service.
Ruth French and Betty Hammond at Winton dawn service.
Ruth French and Betty Hammond at Winton dawn service.
Riverton resident Andrew Kennedy at the Riverton RSA breakfast.
Riverton resident Andrew Kennedy at the Riverton RSA breakfast.
Morning tea at Bluff.
Morning tea at Bluff.
Heavy rain in Clyde has forced the service to shift to the town hall.
Heavy rain in Clyde has forced the service to shift to the town hall.
Noeline Cleaver and Kevin O'Connor with their great uncle George Dryden's writing pad from the war.
Noeline Cleaver and Kevin O'Connor with their great uncle George Dryden's writing pad from the war.
Charlie Sargeant is brought to tears today as he wears his brother's medals.
Charlie Sargeant is brought to tears today as he wears his brother's medals.
southlandtimes.co.nz reader Vicki Coats sent in this pic of a rainy start to the service on Stewart Island.
southlandtimes.co.nz reader Vicki Coats sent in this pic of a rainy start to the service on Stewart Island.
Wreaths laid in Balclutha this morning.
Wreaths laid in Balclutha this morning.
The parade is called to order by Commander Lyal Cocks at Hawea, Southern Lakes District.
The parade is called to order by Commander Lyal Cocks at Hawea, Southern Lakes District.
Standing to attention as the service begins in Balclutha.
Standing to attention as the service begins in Balclutha.
Poppies decorate memorials at the Hawea parade, Southern Lakes District.
Poppies decorate memorials at the Hawea parade, Southern Lakes District.
World War II vets Bill Slater and George Sargeant with their brolly holders in Bluff.
World War II vets Bill Slater and George Sargeant with their brolly holders in Bluff.
Breakfast is served at the Riverton RSA.
Breakfast is served at the Riverton RSA.
Youth are becoming an increasing presence at services in the south. These girls are at the Gore service.
Youth are becoming an increasing presence at services in the south. These girls are at the Gore service.
Playing to remember our Anzacs in Invercargill.
Playing to remember our Anzacs in Invercargill.
Colours start to creep in as dawn makes way for day at the Invercargill service.
Colours start to creep in as dawn makes way for day at the Invercargill service.
Winton soldiers Reg Small and Len Gerard talk with piper Ann Robbie at the dawn service in Winton.
Winton soldiers Reg Small and Len Gerard talk with piper Ann Robbie at the dawn service in Winton.
Gore was the earliest service to start in the south, getting under way at 6.30am.
Gore was the earliest service to start in the south, getting under way at 6.30am.
Standing guard in Invercargill.
Standing guard in Invercargill.
Winton man and ex-serviceman Nick Phillips arrives for the Winton Dawn Service.
Winton man and ex-serviceman Nick Phillips arrives for the Winton Dawn Service.
Whiskey to warm the heart before heading to the Bluff service.
Whiskey to warm the heart before heading to the Bluff service.
People gather in the rain as the Invercargill services starts at 7am.
People gather in the rain as the Invercargill services starts at 7am.
An early turn out for the Riverton service.
An early turn out for the Riverton service.

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. 

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.
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.

''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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