Perhaps the Anzac Day tradition has always been about the children, the sense of battles being fought in the interest of future generations.
It was clear at this year's Anzac Day March that children were not just welcome but their very presence embraced. Children were seen wearing their family members' medals. Some children carried photographs of family members.
Some walked, some were carried by caring parents. Some marched proudly next to their grandparent. Some seemed very aware of the importance of the occasion, others just joined in. Some children in the crowd danced around noticing their colorful umbrellas reflected in the puddles.
Children and young people were also active in the march with a number of school bands and guides and scouts participating throughout the parade. They seemed to take their role seriously, apparently very aware of the importance of this year's occasion, being the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli, and conscious of their role in the day.
Many commentators during the day noted that the presence of children and young people ensured the tradition of Anzac Day would continue into the future. Children, they reported, are the future after all. If they embrace it now, they will build it into their life in years to come.