Moving tributes in Parkes Anzac Day ceremony in Cooke Park

Parkes residents came out in droves, perhaps the town's biggest yet, for Anzac Day's march and commemorations in Cooke Park on Sunday.

People filled the streets to watch the march, with many staying on to attend the commemorations in the park afterwards.

Something the town, and every other town across the country, couldn't do last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions.

There were some very moving moments during the service in Cooke Park too, such as the C-130J Hercules fly-past above the park and all those who stood there at 10am, marking the centenary of the Royal Australia Air Force.

Also of Geoff Stokes playing the bagpipes, as he has for many years on Anzac Day in Parkes, among a socially-distanced crowd.

Air Vice Marshall Leigh Gordon AO, CSM was the town's guest speaker this year, very fitting given the RAAF's centenary.

Here are all the scenes we captured in the park.


You can find more photo galleries from events around Parkes in our multimedia section on our website.

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