The Courier-Mail

Will you be making a special effort to attend an Anzac Day ceremony?

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MICHAEL: I intend to make a special effort, but on past Anzac Day mornings I have woken early only to find, as the saying goes, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’’. It is hard to get out at 3.30am to get to a dawn service but I will give it a go. I have attended probably about 20 of them in my life, but I have to admit I was working as a journalist at most of those. They are really about gratitude, and they are an important part of Australian life. HAYDEN: Forget concerts, festivals and sporting events – the biggest victim of the 2020 pandemic was Anzac Day. Many Diggers, each year thinning in numbers, use Anzac Day as a social and reflective occasion and the cancellati­on of last year’s services was devastatin­g. It’s the right decision to hold services this year. I’ll be at a dawn event, and I hope it’s the largest in history.

STEPHANIE:

Absolutely. Heading to Anzac Square for the dawn service is such an emotional and grounding experience, and it’s terrific to know we can gather again this year. Anzac Day holds such a special place on our calendar, and with the doom and gloom of the past 12 months it will give the state an opportunit­y to come together and commemorat­e.

VERDICT: It’s back this year and we should all play our part. Lest we forget

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