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The view down Anzac Parade across Lake Burly Griffin and on to the old and new Parliament House is spectacular. Fill it with people eager to be part of the centenary commemorations of that fateful Anzac landing at Gallipoli and the ensuing catastrophe and you can’t help but feel a sense of an occasion that epitomises our egalitarian spirit, has a sense of reverence and of course respect. It is our day to be part of the ceremonial and the celebratory to acknowledge and applaud all who have served us in many theatres of war then and now.
We are not too pompous, nor too regimented in the march past. We hoped the horses wouldn’t bolt as they hauled a gun into the arena and caught a breath as HRH the Duke of Kent slipped a bit on his way to lay a wreath as head of the Commonwealth War Graves. We appreciated that the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove had already represented us in Welli ngton New Zealand for their dawn service and whizzed back to be here for this occasion.
And while the grandiloquent pronouncements of those who try to use the Anzac legend to explain our nation it was the silent moments of this centenary event that said the most about what it really means.
Lest We Forget we say. We cannot and will not.