It was a moving experience to attend the dawn service at Hobart Cenotaph this morning.
As we gathered in the dark, we joined a multitude of people, all ages, coming from all directions, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and to honour all who have served in all wars and conflicts over the years.
It was a simple but thought provoking service of words and music. A school boy spoke about the meaning of ANZAC Day for students today and how each finds their own meaning amongst the history and sacrifice along with the promise of the future. It was a peaceful gathering, no one rushing away afterwards.
The Last Post was played as the sky lighted with the dawn on a grey Hobart day.
They shall not grow old
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
An in the morning
We will remember them
Lest we forget.