Just attended a dawn service here in Geelong for ANZAC Day.
First one in a while - I think the last time we were up that early on ANZAC Day was 2020, in lockdown, we stood at the curb and my son (then 12) played the Last Post on his tenor horn.
It was good to see such a large turnout. In my lifetime (or at least, since I first attended a ceremony around 23 years ago) there’s been a real change as the last original ANZACs have passed, and now most WWII veterans as well. (I figure you’d have to be about 95 to have fought in WWII…)
I’ve heard that the hope was that by the time the original ANZACs were gone, we wouldn’t need ANZAC Day any more. And sadly that hasn’t happened… But I am also happy to give up a sleep in to pay respect to those who defend our country (or thankfully moreso - help other people during times of conflict).