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Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Christine Favret cuddles Ceci, 5, and Lizzi, 4. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jill Palmeri, 8, has a comfortable perch in her dad Rob's arms. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marv Hollenbeck plays for the throng. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rev. Thomas McCulley delivers a closing message. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A great morning to go barefoot. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Janie Williams sings along. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Early morning sunlight creates a glare. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The moon was up, but not the sun. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ralph Knopf, left, greets his neighbors, saying, 'He is risen!' Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Master of ceremonies Alan Sandlin addresses the crowd. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dawn Birch sings 'They Could Not' to begin the service. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The moon was up, but not the sun. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service.

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