The Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Gore Cenotaph drew a crowd of between 700 and 800 people.
Gore and Districts Memorial RSA president Neil Bone said the number attending the service had increased since last year.
‘‘I think there’s more young people showing an interest,’’ he said.
For Hokonui St John cadet Holly McIntyre (9), of Waikaka, it was her first Anzac Day service.
 ‘‘I liked standing right behind the bagpipes ’cause it was nice and loud.’’
She said it was important to commemorate Anzac Day.
‘‘We think about the soldiers.’’
Holly was wearing replicas of the World War 1 medals her great-grandfather Rubert was awarded.
 ‘‘I think they’re cool.’’