Last year's Anzac Day was unlike any other. Many members of the community stood in their driveways, candle-lit at dawn with The Last Post echoing in the suburban streets.
One year on and things appear to have almost gone back to normal.
The pubs are open, local dawn services and marches are scheduled and thankfully we wil be able to commemorate those who served our country, all while abiding by COVID regulations.
While many Anzac services have been cancelled, services will still be held in Morpeth, Maitland and East Maitland, but each with a point of difference.
All services will require COVID sign-in via the Service NSW app or written forms will be provided for registration.
Here's a rundown of the local events.
"It's almost back to normal, but not quite apparently," said Trevor Richards, one of the members from the Morpeth Anzac Committee.
Working in conjunction with other members of the committee including Max Lantry, Anthony Scanlan and Bev and Barry Johnson, Mr Richards added that "we still have a lot of restrictions we need to adhere to due to COVID.
"The main requirement for us is when the marchers get to the cenotaph is to provide chairs so that everyone can be seated and the street will to be closed off.
"As it's outdoors people can stand down both sides of the street and there is ample room to social distance as required. Police will also be there to monitor the crowd, making it safe for everyone."
The march will start from the corner of Swan and Tank Streets in front of Campbell's Store. Marchers will form up from 10.15am with the march leading off at 10.30am.
Max Lantry, a former veteran and Morpeth march organiser, supplies the children with an Australian flag to hold during the March. There will be a tiger moth flyover to represent WWI diggers who are no longer with us, as well as a helicopter representing the current air force men and women.
Fred Goode, Vice President of the Maitland RSL sub-branch said there will be two options at dawn service.
"Those who wish can do the dawn vigil from their driveways - like last year - but there's also a dawn service that will start at roughly 5.30am at Maitland Park, with veterans doing a small march outside the gates into the cenotaph where the service will then be held," he said.
The dawn and morning services are for the public to attend, but only veterans and their families will be allowed to join the march. They will line up just outside Maitland Park on the grassed area and then march in through the gates into the memorial, with the service to start at 11am.
The Royal Newcastle Aero Club will also be providing a flyover," Mr Goode said.
""We have a limit of 500 inside the memorial area, which is the maximum number of chairs we can provide. Sign in via QR code is required to come into the area, and for those who are unable to obtain the code, there will be forms as an alternate way to register your details."
A part of a small project, people can place a poppy in the partially completed poppy holders on WWII plaques as well. This will be completed by Remembrance Day.
Neil Comarty, Hon Secretary of East Maitland RSL sub-branch said the service will start at 9.20am (with the serving members march starting at 9am) at the East Maitland War Memorial Centre.
"Down at the cenotaph we will have six East Maitland Rotary members who will be directing people to use either a QR code or registration forms for check-in as everyone who attends must register their details," he said
Mr Cromarty admits this year's crowd size would be hard to predict. "It's an unknown because we're holding the service at 9.20am and normally we would have a dawn service and an 11am service," he said.
The main reason for not having a dawn service is that preparations for Anzac Day started after Christmas last year in order to obtain permission from police and the Roads and Maritime services gaining approval for marching on the highway.
As restrictions were being eased the sub-branch couldn't make any changes.