No, the sun did not burst onto the scene, but instead the increasing light created a pink surround to the Shrine of Remembrance on this Anzac Day.
It was our first dawn ceremony and as expected, it was very beautiful and very moving.
For us it was just a fifteen minute walk to the shrine. For many it was a much more effort, but 30,000 made their way there.
Standing just a few feet in front of me was a teenager with his cap on backwards at a slight angle. I thought, 'Is this what the diggers fought for? So that you can imitate Americans and wear your cap like that?' It was a quick thought. That is exactly what they fought for. So that he could wear his cap any way he liked.
But I doubt that they had such high minded thoughts. Travel, adventure, excitement, the exotic, better pay. But no doubt mixed in with those thoughts was one about protecting their country and hence their way of life.
What did annoy me was the constant flashes from cameras and later in the parade, teenagers (and some older people) wearing tee shirts and the like in what is a fairly formal march. It is great that they want to participate, but they really need to make a dignified effort with their clothing. I like Jimmy Hendrix, but his portrait on a tee in a remembrance march? No, don't think so. And, I hated singing that ridiculous word 'girt' in our national anthem.
I don't know if I will ever go again, but if I do, I now know to get there by 5.30 and stand on the walkway as far forward as is comfortable. If you are there by 5.30, you won't be too far back. It started about 5.55 and finished about 6.25.
Do go everyone, at least once and take your kiddies if you have them.