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Submarines Association Australia members Joan Wilson, Jenny Ware, Fiona Duncan-White, Carol Wilson, Kathie Anderson and Dorothy Hayton stand together with the assocation’s banners in the background ahead of the Anzac Day march.

Above, Submarines Association Australia members Joan Wilson OAM, Jenny Ware, Fiona Duncan-White, Carol Wilson, Kathie Anderson and Dorothy Hayton.

War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW members and their families standing in a group of two dozen or so on the street with the Guild’s banner in front of them ahead of the march on Anzac Day.

Above, War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW members and their families preparing to march on Anzac Day.

Widows, wives, partners and children across Australia joined Anzac Day marches, with crowds cheering as they honoured the women and families who pay a heavy price for the service of their loved ones.

For Di Green, the experience of marching for the first time produced a wave of emotions.

‘One moment [I was] feeling uplifted by the crowd’s warm show of respect. The next moment, it was a wave of tears. [It] reminded me that life with the man I loved had been cut far too short,’ she said.

‘Partners and families also serve and sacrifice as a result of the service of their loved ones, so it was wonderful to also be honoured during the Anzac parade.’

Strong friendships formed during her husband’s years as a submariner have continued for Jenny Ware, as she joined fellow Submarine Association widows and wives to march on Anzac Day. Jenny said it was an honour to be able to march in memory of their men who proudly served on the Navy’s submarines.

‘For me personally, this is a day to reflect with gratitude for the legacy left to us and to know I have not only my sons, but the extended ‘family’ of our War Widows’ Guild and Submarine Association members,’ she said.

‘None of us need to face our future alone.’

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