/ 26 April 2022

Return of the ANZAC crowds

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Aussies had not attended an ANZAC Day service since 2019, so it was an open question about how well attended they would be yesterday. But the crowds came in our cities, town and across the world – and in significant numbers… Marking the 107th anniversary of the ill-fated landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during WWI, commemoration services had grown in attendance in recent years. Yesterday in Canberra, 18,200 people came out for the early service in the cool morning. PM Scott Morrison and Labor’s deputy leader Richard Marles (who represented an isolating Anthony Albanese) were in Darwin – it was a focus yesterday because it’s the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. In Melbourne, an estimated 50,000 people gathered at the Shrine of Remembrance, and almost 10,000 watched the march in Sydney’s CBD. As Victoria’s Governor Linda Dessau said ”this eternal flame will keep burning – as long as we keep returning and remembering.”

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