Apparently over 30,000 Canberrans made their way in the dark to the War Memorial this morning. Cars clogged the streets of Reid and Campbell for miles around and the buses stacked up on Limestone Avenue as if for a football game.
The stadium seating was draped in camouflage and the days of the candles being lit one to the other, passing on the flame, are long gone, replaced by insipid orange bulbed fake electric candles which drop no wax and start no fires.
No one sang (apart from the choir) because no one knows how to sing any more. As a very gentle rain started to fall a sea of umbrellas went up. Getting there by 5am was hardship enough.
But it was a lovely service.
UPDATED: guillerisco has YouTubed some of the pomp and circumstance of the later service: