THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Brisbane this morning to remember the Australians who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The CBD was cordoned from 7am as thousands of serviceman, former and serving, school bands, defence cadets and their families packed the city streets to watch the annual Anzac Day parade.

The parade started at the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets and snaked its way through to Queen Street.

Children waved Australian flags from on top of their father's shoulders and families looked on as their grandfathers and great grandfathers marched proudly in the parade.

Brisbane's Anzac Day events began at 4:30am with a dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance at Anzac Square and another large service at the Gallipoli Barracks.

Premier Campbell Newman, a former Australian Army Engineer, attended the Anzac Day march this morning.

Alongside remembering our war veterans, it was important to remember those Australians currently serving overseas, Mr Campbell said.

"Anzac Day is a day for all Australians to recognise the sacrifice of our forefathers and we need to do everything possible to continue that legacy through the coming generations," he said.

"As we pause today we should also reflect on the fact that there are other Australians all over the world defending what we believe in, and helping other people find a better, safer life for the future," he said.


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