FROM THE EDITOR
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.