Anzac Day in Ballarat: Arch of Victory service

BRILLIANT sunshine warmed crowds at Ballarat's Arch of Victory this morning for an intimate wreath laying ceremony.

Vic Bradley and Paul Jenkins at the Ballarat Arch of Victory Anzac Day service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Vic Bradley and Paul Jenkins at the Ballarat Arch of Victory Anzac Day service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

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About 200 people attended the Anzac Day service, with several Ballarat dignitaries and school groups laying wreaths at the war memorial.

St Thomas More Primary School's student representative council was one of the groups to pay respect.

Year 6 pupil Ruby Cheesman, 12, said it was an important part of her schooling.

"We learn all about Anzac Day and the wars in school, so to come here and do this we learn even more," she said.

"It's nice to be able to lay a wreath and read all the names on the wall."

Leo Price, 11, came from Melbourne with his family to play the last post.

The first time playing at a commemorative service, Leo said he had been "nervous but excited."

"It's an honour to be able to do it," he said.

Crowds will soon converge on Lydiard Street North, near a The George Hotel, for the traditional Anzac Day march. 

Tom and Rachael Arnold. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Tom and Rachael Arnold. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

People pause during the Anzac Day service at the Arch of Victory. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

People pause during the Anzac Day service at the Arch of Victory. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Hayden Masterson listens to Bugler Alf Clements. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Hayden Masterson listens to Bugler Alf Clements. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bugler Alf Clements. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bugler Alf Clements. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

L-R Trace Williams, Vic Bradley OAM. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

L-R Trace Williams, Vic Bradley OAM. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

L-R Doug McKnight, Don Fletcher. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

L-R Doug McKnight, Don Fletcher. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Commander Peter Armitage RAN, Brian Drennan. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Commander Peter Armitage RAN, Brian Drennan. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Will Liston and Karissa Kelly with the wreath they laid for St Thomas More PS. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Will Liston and Karissa Kelly with the wreath they laid for St Thomas More PS. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Remi and Paul Bilson. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Remi and Paul Bilson. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Elaeanor, Leo and Alasdair Price (gt grandchildren of Eleanor Lucas). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Elaeanor, Leo and Alasdair Price (gt grandchildren of Eleanor Lucas). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Tom Roberts (RAAFA). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Tom Roberts (RAAFA). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Anzac Day service at the Arch of Victory. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Anzac Day service at the Arch of Victory. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sarah De Santis and daughter Ruby. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sarah De Santis and daughter Ruby. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Anzac Day Arch of Victory Service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Anzac Day Arch of Victory Service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cr John Phillips, Bruce Price. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cr John Phillips, Bruce Price. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jeremy Johnson, Sharon Knight MLA. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jeremy Johnson, Sharon Knight MLA. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Arch of Victory service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Wayne Smith and grandson Joshua Hull. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Wayne Smith and grandson Joshua Hull. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Riley and Declan Kenny laid a wreath for Our Lady Help of Christian PS. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Riley and Declan Kenny laid a wreath for Our Lady Help of Christian PS. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER