ANZAC Day itself marks a significant milestone this year.

It has been 100 years since the first commemoration of Anzac Day honoured those men who fought and died at Gallipoli.

The day has come to signify so much more than just the Gallipoli landing alone, with thousands more troops sacrificed at Fromelles and the Somme coming just a matter of weeks after that first celebration.

The Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and others have come and gone since.

Men and women still give their lives in far-away lands today.

While we still focus on that fateful Gallipoli landing, the meaning of Anzac Day is constantly evolving.

For you it might mean reflecting on that father, uncle or grandfather you never got to know properly - an otherwise normal bloke who was never the same after he came back from the war.

For some, like Ipswich resident Marjorie Fraser (see today's p3 story), it's a proud day where you celebrate strong family ties with the Australian Defence Force.

If you're a youngster, it might be a chance to proudly march with your great-grandfather's service medals.

There's nothing good about war, but the beauty and on-going success of the Anzac Day tradition lies in the fact that most of us, somewhere down the line, have a reason to reflect and be proud.



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