Thousands of small Australian flags flutter in the light breeze at the Ballarat Old and New Cemeteries.
Primary school students from 12 Ballarat district schools placed the flags on more than 2500 graves on Tuesday.
The 375 grade five and six students paid tribute to nurses, soldiers and general personnel from Ballarat and the surrounding region who served Australia in World War I and World War II.
Haddon Primary School school captains Isabella Louw and Kiarn Dark said it was a privilege and an honour to be a part of the commemoration that helped improve their connection to the history of Anzac.
Isabella said distributing the flags was a special way to remember her great grandfather who fought at war.
"It makes me feel closer to him and feel proud," she said.
Kieran's mother Angie Hanrahan said it was emotional placing the flags at graves with her son on Tuesday.
"It makes you think and understand we take for granted what the soldiers and nurses did for us today. There is a grave over there of a 28-year-old man who passed away in 1992 and someone who passed away in 1939," she said speaking at the Ballarat New Cemetery Anzac commemoration site.
"In this area here there is a diversity of age groups over a period of years. It shows war is still close to home and soldiers lose their lives still now.
"It is heartwarming for the kids to do this. They often forget and get caught up in their own lives."
This is the third consecutive year that Ballarat Cemeteries has recognised World War I participants.
Ballarat Cemeteries chief executive Annie De Jong said the Cemetery Trust wanted to engage the community during the Anzac centenary period in remembering those who volunteered to serve.
"We placed 1300 flags throughout the Old and New Cemeteries last year. Further investigation into our records by our passionate and dedicated volunteers has led to the identification and location of many World War II graves and memorials," she said.
"That means we can place flags on these graves as well. It has been an amazing effort with our volunteers compiling an extensive list of local people who served."
Ballarat Cemeteries is calling on the community to assist identifying returned World War II soldiers so all returned service personnel have a flag on their grave on future Anzac Days.
Ms De Jong encouraged community members to join Ballarat Cemeteries in commemorating and paying respect to all returned personnel.
"On Anzac Day please visit your relatives, loved ones or acquaintances to ensure there is a flag fluttering for them," she said.
"Everyone who served deserves to be remembered and we would like to have as many included as possible in our flag placement ceremonies."
Flags will be available at the entrance to the Old and New Cemeteries on Anzac Day for placement on other graves by the public.
If you find a soldier that does not have a flag (the cemetery is still working on collecting names) , please notify Ballarat Cemeteries on 03 5332 1469 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure they are included in future remembrance days.