Organisers are recovering from a last-minute scramble to get Anzac Day off the ground, after months of uncertainty over whether it would be going ahead this year.
Wagga RSL sub-branch president David Gardiner said it had been an impressive feat to pull off, especially with the Baylis Street march being un-cancelled mere weeks before Anzac Day.
"We certainly crammed five months planning into two, and with the uncertainty of COVID it was off again, on again, off again, but then we finally got the go-ahead and it was very good.
"We were extremely pleased with the crowd on the streets. We reckon between 10 to 14 thousands were there."
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Junee sub branch's Keith Wood said their service was one of the biggest the town had ever seen, with commemorators making up for last year's absence.
"The crowd was about 400. It seems to get bigger and bigger every year," Mr Wood said.
"We had our dawn service at 6am on a nice misty morning. It was a really good service."
Coolamon Anzac Day organiser David McCann said they drew in higher-than-usual numbers to their dawn service, with about 200 people coming to pay their respects.
Mr McCann said lockdown had given them a heightened appreciation of their ceremonies, with fewer people taking Anzac Day for granted this year.
"One thing that really impressed us in the RSL was the number of people who participated in the driveway memorial," Mr McCann said.
"It was absolutely beautiful out there last year, with people sounding the last post in just about every street in town, but it was good to bring the community back together this year."
This year also saw the birth of a new tradition, with the 2021 Anzac service also including a trip to Coolamon station, which was visited by a vintage train.
The visit was so popular that the Coolamon sub branch is planning to make it a recurring feature of their Anzac Day services.
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