Eighteen months ago I presented a paper on my family’s 100 years of connection to war, 1913-2013. This morning I commemorated the 100 year remembrance of the first landing at Gallipoli, by attending the Dawn Service at the Norwood Cenotaph.
When I was a child, I attended similar services with my father, here at Norwood and also in the city at the State War Memorial. In the soft darkness before dawn it was quiet cold, but the atmosphere was quiet, respectful and there were more than 600 people there. The youngest I saw was a babe in arms, but so many young children and teenagers attended, supporting those older men and women who had obviously served our country. The hour-long service included some beautiful singing from students at the local Marryatville Primary School.
Afterwards we met up with colleague Dr Leanne Glenny and her husband Roger, who both served in the Australian (Leanne) and New Zealand (Roger) Defense Services. A typical Anzac Day breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast, with coffee, afterwards, was most welcome.
Back home I watched the Tv coverage Anzac Day march through Adelaide and was pleased to see some ‘mates’ who served in Vietnam and other areas of conflict marching. Then I was moved by the ceremony televised from Anzac Cove. Politics aside, the speeches were appropriate, respectful and recognised all sides in this bloody conflict.
While today we remembered those who were, and remain, our Anzacs over the next three years similar centenary events will take place to honour those who were in France on the Western Front.
Lest we forget.