Remembering Pirie's own on Anzac day | PHOTOS

About 1,000 members of Port Pirie's community flocked to the World War One memorial gates at dawn to show their respects to the 329 men who gave their lives for their country in both World Wars for Anzac Day.

The service was highlighted by the stories of local men and women, told by school students from across Port Pirie.

Each student reflected on the service of each woman and man, explaining their division of service, countries where they served and final resting places.

The ceremony was partly led by vice president of the Port Pirie Returned Services League Michael Hopgood who explained the importance that Anzac day holds for him, being apart of four generations of servicemen.

"My personal connection is with the medals that I am wearing on my right breast, my father's service medals for national service, my step-grandfather's medals who served during World War II, myself and my son is currently serving in the army as well. There are four generations who have served our country," Mr Hopgood explained.

Mr Hopgood spent ten and half years, from 1988 through until 1998 in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the Australian Army as a diesel mechanic.

Now, his son is currently completing the same job as him, in Brisbane.

"Personally for me it is a time where we take the opportunity to reflect and remember those that have lost their life serving their country, both men and women.

"But also it is a time that as an ex-servicemen, we get together with other service personnel, share a couple of beers and spend the day together reminiscing," he said.

Thursday's turn out was described as 'absolutely fantastic' by Mr Hopgood and he believes that because of school holidays falling at the same time as the day, numbers were up.

"You look at the fact that there were 20 to 30 students here in their uniforms, on school holidays and they have come down here to give that small narrative on the service men and women. I reckon there would be around about 1,000 people."

The ANZAC day march will commence at 10.30am on the corner of the Terrace and Tenth Street. Followed by a civic observance ceremony at 11.00am, with lunch at the RSL available afterwards.

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