The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - – Richard

Con­grat­u­la­tions. The city’s two An­zac Day ser­vices pro­vided a first-rate trib­ute to those whose lives were cut short by war. The seat­ing and stand­ing ar­range­ments, the harakeke pop­pies, the band and choirs, big screen vi­su­als and the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion, were ex­cel­lent.

For too many years, the city’s Dawn Ser­vices in par­tic­u­lar, gave the im­pres­sion that not all that much thought had gone into them. True, An­zac Day is not all about ‘theatre’, but mak­ing the 100th An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tive event so ac­ces­si­ble did much to en­hance the oc­ca­sion.

And what a dif­fer­ence to 45 years ago. In the re­cently re­dis­cov­ered April 1971 edi­tions of The Tri­bune, An­zac Day (a Sun­day) doesn’t rate a men­tion in the paper’s pages be­fore or af­ter the event.

Thanks to the con­tro­ver­sial Viet­nam War, it had be­come con­tentious. To­day, a proper de­bate on our in­volve­ment in Iraq has yet to be had.

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