One after the other, the members of the War Widows Guild of WA lined up.
Then one after the other they moved forward.
Each placed a poppy at the flame of remembrance at Kings Park in silent tribute to lost loved ones, and paused for a moment of reflection.
Among them were June Young and Kathleen Wilkinson.
For them the annual commemoration, this year held late last month, is an important part of the year.
Mrs Young, 83, said the day helped her remember her husband Herbert, who saw service around New Guinea in World War II.
She married Mr Young in 1961 and she was still in the house the couple had first moved into.
But war service eventually caught up with Mr Young and he died in 2003 of war-related illness.
Like many returned soldiers, he had hardly spoken of his experiences, Mrs Young said.
She joined the guild in 2004, and it provided her with comfort, support and friendship ever since.
Mrs Wilkinson, 88, was just 12 when she met David, who would become her husband. "We lived next door to each other," she said.
"We grew up together."
Mr Wilkinson enlisted in 1942 and served in Darwin and Borneo, and the couple married in 1946.
But after many happy years together, the war caught up with Mr Wilkinson, too.
His service had left him with heart and lung problems, and he died in 2003.
"They went away as young, fit men, and came home . . . ," Mrs Wilkinson said.
"The men of his generation didn't talk about it.
"These days people are encouraged to let everything out, but in those days you just put it all behind you, which is not good."
She said the annual guild service was the highlight of the year. "It means so much," she said.
It is the kind of support and comfort which the guild has been providing since its foundation in 1945 in Victoria.
It had its first meeting in WA in 1946. It fought to have war widows' pensions seen as compensation for their husbands' lives rather than a handout.
During the early years, the guild members trained in weaving and crafts to supplement their pensions.
Over time the organisation became a powerful lobby group on issues such as pension entitlements, health care and housing.
And importantly, it offered a sense of community.
The guild's WA president, Sue Wilson, said her husband Mervyn joined the army in 1962.
He served as a plant operator with field engineers in Sarawak and Vietnam, and was discharged in 1968.
But he, too, was left with a legacy of his time in the forces, she said.
He died in 1996 as a consequence of his exposure to defoliant Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam, Mrs Wilson said.
Agent Orange was sprayed over the jungles of Vietnam to strip leaves off plants to expose enemy positions, and dioxins in the chemical have been linked to many health conditions.
Mrs Wilson said her husband had developed multiple myeloma, a type of cancer.
After some years travelling the country after her husband's death, she settled in WA and joined the guild four years ago, becoming WA president last year.
She said the organisation had almost 500 financial members in WA and it provided important advocacy and also a network of companionship.
"If anyone is down in the dumps, we help," she said. "We look after each other. Some of the war widows are without children. This is like their family."