Anzac Day sees crowds return after two-year hiatus

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Anzac Day saw large crowds gather across the nation for the first time in two years to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives in battle.

Around 50,000 people gathered at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, while tens of thousands gathered in Sydney’s Martin Place for the dawn service.

An estimated crowd of 18,200 attended the ceremony in Canberra, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison and deputy opposition leader Richard Marles (standing in for opposition leader Anthony Albanese) chose to pay their respects at the Darwin ceremony.

Hobart’s dawn service saw almost 3,000 people attend. Perth was the only city to limit numbers due to the state’s ongoing restrictions, with only a few hundred allowed to gather for the ticketed event in Kings Park.