Australia was at its finest during the Anzac Day weekend. Witnessing the committed people marching and the loyal crowd lining the march route in the drizzling Melbourne rain was affirming of the importance of this day in showing the Australian spirit.
Men and women, children and adults, young and old all came together in what seemed to be more than the usual annual march. Certainly the anniversary of the Gallipoli event added more significance this year. But perhaps it was the recent terrorism threats, particularly threatening the Anzac traditional march, that really sent people out in force.
Watching people in the parade and those lining the streets revealed a determination, a commitment to being there to prove a point, to show that Australians value the people who gave up their lives for future generations and to appreciate the current efforts of those now fighting overseas on behalf of the nation.
There was a unity, a being as one, a politeness, and a synergy as strangers smiled at each other, friends and family hugged with emotion, memories flowed and hopes abounded. Meaning making in action with everyone welcome to join in.