Anzac Day occurs within the context of a complex world environment. The backdrop of the navy band waiting to enter the march was St Paul's Cathedral with its prominent "Let's Fully Welcome Refugees" sign. Just a few weeks earlier the same corner in Melbourne saw rallies with conflicting sides arguing about what it meant to be Australian and whether refugees should in fact be welcomed.
One of the messages that came through on Anzac Day was inclusion. Respecting all of those who have fought on behalf of the country, both those departed and those still here, was a key theme. But this year's march seemed to have stronger, other messages alongside that as well.
One of strength of character of Australians, of embracing each other, regardless of where we come from. There were no signs of anyone disagreeing with that sentiment. There was a warmth that could be felt despite the constant Melbourne rain falling throughout the morning.