Anzac Day services were held across Australia today to mark the 98th anniversary of the first landings by Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915.
Thousands attended dawn services around the country to commemorate and pay tribute to soldiers who fought and died during the wars.
ABC News reports that Victoria Cross winner Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith addressed a special dawn service at the war memorial in the capital, Canberra.
The corporal read out letters from serving soldiers, including one who is currently deployed in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.
"At this moment I am proud. Proud of my wife and her efforts back home. Proud of my country. Proud of my mates' service, and the sacrifices we all make in order to serve," he read.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended a special service in the city of Townsville in North Queensland where she laid a wreath as a mark of respect for the seven soldiers who lost their lives since Anzac Day last year.
The city is home to one of Australia's biggest Defence communities.
Prime Minister Gillard also attend the city's Anzac Day parade later in the day.