Services to honour Anzacs hosted in Cowell, Kimba and Cleve

Communities across Eastern Eyre paid their respects at Anzac Day services on Sunday morning.

Services were hosted in Cowell, Kimba and Cleve that honoured former and current service personnel.

At Cowell there was a dawn service at 6.45am, followed by a march and 11am service, in addition to breakfast and a sausage sizzle lunch at the RSL clubrooms.

Cowell RSL Sub-branch secretary Sue Grund said it was a good day to remember our Anzacs.

"We had about 180 people at the dawn service, and less for the march and 11am service, but there was football and netball at Cleve so a lot of people would have gone to that," she said.

"We had about the same numbers as in recent years, and we tend to get more to the dawn service.

"We also had the Air Force plane fly over on its way to Kimba, while students from Cowell Area School read a poem from Clyde Hamilton called 'Not a Hero'."

Ms Grund said Anzac Day remained an important day for Australia as the Gallopoli Campaign was the making of the country.

"It brought us into being a country of our own and when we first became known for our exploits away from England," she said.

"It honours mateship and loyalty to each other, and the day brings our the best of us - it is the one day of the year people show respect.

"We also don't remember just World War I anymore, but all wars Australia has been part of since then."

She said Cowell had also taken part in the 'Honour the Fallen' initiative, preserving the memory of deceased Australian military personnel buried in the country.

The initiative sees students research ex-service personnel and place an Australian flag on their grave, which stay up for one week.

Kimba's Anzac Day included a march and service at the Kimba Soldiers Memorial Gardens at 10am, with morning tea following the service.

The town was also lucky enough to be selected for a flyover from the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon, coming from the RAAF Base Edinburgh.

In a post on their Facebook page, the Kimba District Council said there was a "fantastic turnout" and that it was "great to see such a range of generations uniting to pay their respects".

The Cleve community turned out for a dawn service on Main Street which was led by Father Leon Quinn.

It was followed by a free community breakfast at the RSL Hall, which included a performance from the Cleve Melody Singers.

"Another serene morning spent reflecting and remembering our heroes," the Cleve District Council wrote on its Facebook page.