HUNDREDS gathered at war memorials around the south-west yesterday to mark Remembrance Day.
About 200 people gathered at the Warrnambool war memorial for a brief service and wreath laying ceremony.
White crosses offered a poignant reminder of what the day represented.
A hush fell upon the crowd as a minute’s silence was observed at 11am.
King’s College student Joshua Stow played the Last Post and Reveille on trumpet.
Returned service groups, local organisations and schools left wreaths at the memorial.
Australian air force cadet Squadron 413 stood to attention at each of the city’s war memorials.
Dressed in a war nurse uniform, Tracey McGinness read a passage praising the efforts of Red Cross nurses.
RSL sub-branch president John Miles said he was pleased with the large crowd.
“Remembrance Day is growing every year,” he said.
“It is fantastic to see so many people out here today.
“I think the bigger turnouts here today and on Anzac Day can be put down to Australian history being back in the curriculum at schools.
“There are a lot more young people and young families coming out to pay their respects which is very pleasing to see.”
Terang RSL sub-branch secretary Pam Bell said up to 70 people attended the town’s service.
“We are very pleased — it was a good number of people for us,” Ms Bell said.
Services in Mortlake and Port Fairy attracted about 100 people, with the Port Fairy service featuring a horse rider in Light Horse regalia.