IT WAS heartening to see the overwhelming numbers at the Anzac Day commemorations this year, across the region and country, and, of course, in Gallipoli.
What was not so uplifting was the reaction by some people towards others who they did not regard as showing appropriate respect for the occasion.
Some of the comments directed at people who asked if businesses were open - and even people running those businesses which were open - were disgraceful.
Fancy wanting to buy milk or toilet paper - or even a coffee before the dawn service (a prerequisite as far as I'm concerned).
I can't imagine what would have been said about people who admitted they weren't attending services - or, worse, don't identify with the Anzac legend.
For many only their homogenous way of thinking about the occasion was acceptable.
Just like Christmas and Easter, Anzac Day means many things to many people. That's part of living in a free society for which the Anzacs fought.