• The flags of Turkey and Australia

    The flags of Turkey and Australia

  • Chris Uhlmann lines up with the poppy he placed on the Wall of Remembrance

    Chris Uhlmann lines up with the poppy he placed on the Wall of Remembrance

  • After the parade......

    After the parade......

  • Inspecting the Wall of Remembrance

    Inspecting the Wall of Remembrance

  • Lenses in the sky...

    Lenses in the sky...

  • Representing the Chiefs of Air Force, Army and Navy

    Representing the Chiefs of Air Force, Army and Navy

  • Chief Minister Andrew Barr places the wreath for Canberra

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr places the wreath for Canberra

  • Mind that backwards step Lady Cosgrove....

    Mind that backwards step Lady Cosgrove....

  • Some sing....some don't

    Some sing....some don't

  • A view to remember...

    A view to remember...

  • Simple and symbolic, the riderless horse.

    Simple and symbolic, the riderless horse.

  • Essential services

    Essential services

  • Hauling the gun across the parade ground

    Hauling the gun across the parade ground

  • The Attorney General of New Zealand Christopher Finlayson, AWM Director Brendan Nelson and High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed

    The Attorney General of New Zealand Christopher Finlayson, AWM Director Brendan Nelson and High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed

  • Steve Liebmann on set with David Speers

    Steve Liebmann on set with David Speers

  • Oblivious to formalities

    Oblivious to formalities

  • VIP's gather....

    VIP's gather....

  • Best seat in the house

    Best seat in the house

  • The crowd spreads along Anzac Parade

    The crowd spreads along Anzac Parade

  • Across the generations, together for this one day of the century

    Across the generations, together for this one day of the century

  • Tanya Plibersek

    Tanya Plibersek

  • Squadron Leader Gary Oakley and Simon Whitehead

    Squadron Leader Gary Oakley and Simon Whitehead

  • Samantha Armytage and Allan Gilvear

    Samantha Armytage and Allan Gilvear

  • Piki and Shaun McCreedy with daughter Matarin and son Teahurei

    Piki and Shaun McCreedy with daughter Matarin and son Teahurei

  • Margaret Reid and Kay Patterson

    Margaret Reid and Kay Patterson

  • Josh, Kevin, Henriette and Juliette Bruton

    Josh, Kevin, Henriette and Juliette Bruton

  • HRH the Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Director AWM Brendan Nelson and Kerry Stokes

    HRH the Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Director AWM Brendan Nelson and Kerry Stokes

  • Gina Reinhart

    Gina Reinhart

  • Waiting for the AWM gates to open

    Waiting for the AWM gates to open

  • Kelda McManus taking a photo of me taking a photo of her while trying to take a photo of the view from the top

    Kelda McManus taking a photo of me taking a photo of her while trying to take a photo of the view from the top

  • Able Seaman Boatswain's Mate Alan Patterson of NUSHIP Adelaide from the Gunggandji people plays the Didgeridoo

    Able Seaman Boatswain's Mate Alan Patterson of NUSHIP Adelaide from the Gunggandji people plays the Didgeridoo

  • Caroline and Squadron Leader Gary Oakley

    Caroline and Squadron Leader Gary Oakley

  • Chief Petty Officer Kris Petersen and Flying Officer Stephanie Power

    Chief Petty Officer Kris Petersen and Flying Officer Stephanie Power

  • Lynette Bird and Kaylene O'Brien

    Lynette Bird and Kaylene O'Brien

  • Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove leads dignitaries to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove leads dignitaries to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  • Ty, Peter and Alex Majewski

    Ty, Peter and Alex Majewski

  • Christine Coke, Lieutenant Commander Colin Coke and Stephen Coke.

    Christine Coke, Lieutenant Commander Colin Coke and Stephen Coke.

  • Adam Whiting and Erin Phelps

    Adam Whiting and Erin Phelps

Anzac Day Centenary Commemoration

25 April 2015

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.