Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre held an service on the eve of Anzac Day service to commemorate those who fought in World War II.
Gamilaroi man James Hogbin delivered the Welcome to Country and then joined Jayden Winsor in a traditional dance to the tones of a didgeridoo played by Braithen Winsor.
Locals of all ages contributed to the service, with Mary Ranken Child Care Centre and Winanga-li children marching in the grounds, followed by the laying of wreaths.
Eloise Launders and Eli Russell laid a wreath for Mary Ranken, and Indie Cochrane and Arlie Campbell laid a wreath for Winanga-li.
Winanga-li's Leanne Pryor invited Army Reserves officer Bec Paul from Tamworth to "create a relationship with the army and the younger children". Ms Paul spoke about her role in the Australian Army and raised the Australian flag. Winanga-li's Sarah Sing and Mikaela Aldridge raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
Centre manager Wayne Griffiths said Anzac Day was a way for Gamilaroi people to acknowledge the service of their family members who fought in conflicts overseas .
"When the Griffiths went overseas, they fell where they fought," he said.
Mr Griffiths said the sacrifices made in the past enabled Australians to live in freedom today - something we "take for granted".
"Because of those people, we are able to drive cars and have two-pair of shoes," he said.
"There's no way we'd have this today without people giving up their lives.
"We shouldn't just celebrate on Anzac Day - we should celebrate it every day of the week."
Mr Griffiths encouraged those present to attend Gunnedah's dawn and mid-morning services.
"It's such a marvellous event down there and the parade down the main street is something I always look forward to," he said.
The services will be held at the Gunnedah cenotaph at 5.30am and 11am. The march starts at 10.30am.