It always seemed to me that it was hard to think of anything more Australian than having a long weekend for Anzac Day, or not putting one’s hand on one’s heart during the playing of the national anthem. But it’s all changing and not only are the odd hands going on hearts, but Anzac Day is being more and more comprehensively pomposified.
There was much harumphing about the fact that we’d ensured that if the day fell on a weekday other than Monday or Friday we weren’t going to celebrate it on a day that would make for a long weekend. No siree. We were gonna have it on the day. Anyway next year the day falls on a Saturday raising delicate issues of optimal pomposity.
The RSL is very pleased it seems that we won’t be having a long weekend on that day.
Major General Bill Cruise, the RSL’s national secretary, says Australia’s servicemen and women should be honoured on April 25, regardless of the day of the week it falls on.
“No matter what day of the week it is observed, that is the day we stop and commemorate,” he said.
“There is no particular reason why another day should be set aside as a public holiday.”
Major General Cruise said observing a three-day weekend for commemorations undermines the reverence of Anzac Day.