Sixty-seven years is a long wait to receive your medals for service in the Second World War.
As thousands gathered along the tiny stretch of coast where so many Australians died on the unforgiving battlefields of Gallipoli, a clear dawn sky emerged out of the cold moonlit night and a hush descended on the already subdued crowd.
The director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, is courting corporate and private donors in a bid to see his ambitious plans for the memorial realised.
For 67 years, Walter ''Wally'' Scott-Smith has been the chief custodian of the Martin Place Cenotaph - and he has never missed a dawn service. In fact, Mr Scott-Smith has stood guard over the sacred spot for a total of 4355 services, with 65 services being held at the site each year.
Traumatised boy held in detention has issues with hearing after shoving sticks in his ears.
In the mist-bound fields of northern France, where war cemeteries are pinned to the landscape like medals, Australians gathered to remember.
There was barely a breeze to cool the sunbaking bodies dotted across Bronte Beach on Thursday, many of whom are looking forward to yet another day off work - and even warmer weather - in an unofficial, extra-long weekend.
A pair of Apache gunship helicopters thundered overhead as the light rose over the dawn service at Tarin Kowt base. Against the backdrop of Oruzgan province's bare mountain ranges, the troops held the base's seventh and final Anzac Day service, remembering in particular the 39 soldiers killed in the 12 years of war in Afghanistan.
It was the horrific end to an already terrible tale. The death of 32-year-old Mosman resident Kate Malonyay was followed a few days later by her ex-boyfriend Elliott Coulson plunging to his death from a Gold Coast hotel. NSW police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding both deaths.
Australian health authorities are preparing to combat China's new strain of bird flu.