RECORD numbers lined the streets of Ipswich at this year's Anzac Day Parade.

"I've got to say how proud I am to say we've celebrated record numbers this year," mayor Paul Pisasale said.

"We're a defence city and we've shown it today."

Groups of returned soldiers, serving military personnel, cadets, families of fallen veterans and school students held their heads high as they marched over David Trumpy Bridge to the sound of drums and loud applause.

"Anzac Day is our nation's most significant event," Cr Pisasale said.

"The true achievement (of Gallipoli) was Australia's determination and courage that gave birth to our nation as it is today.

"Today is our day to thank the Anzacs and the men and women who are serving today for their sacrifice.

"When you see someone in a uniform in Ipswich, don't forget to say, 'thank you for your service'."

On the completion of the parade, residents paid their respects at a public commemoration service held at North Ipswich Reserve.