On this day last year, at the break of dawn, a lone veteran was photographed at the Launceston Cenotaph.
With his walker by his side, Private Francis Reginald Dring paused to do what he and countless other Tasmanians had always done - pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
But this time around, Private Dring was not supposed to be there. No one was - at least not officially.
For the first time in Australia's history, in response to COVID-19, all Anzac Day services were cancelled.
However, as Private Dring said at the time: "I don't care if they have half a dozen squad cars here, I will be here for dawn service. Nothing was going to stop me."
A year on, we are in the somewhat fortunate position to be able to once again commemorate Anzac Day together. But it has not come easy.
For the Launceston RSL sub-branch and volunteers across the state, it's been months of blood, sweat and tears to ensure commemorations will go ahead in a COVID-safe way.
Because this year, Tasmanians have a choice on how they want to pay their respects.
Today, RSL Tasmania will host 140 Anzac Day events, services and marches across the state.
There will also be an opportunity to once again "Light Up The Dawn" on driveways, balconies and front yards in a year that also marks a number of significant milestone for all three branches of our armed services.
The RAAF is celebrating 100 years of service, while it's been 110 years since King George V granted the title to the Royal Australian Navy. The Army also recognises the two million Australians who have served, and continue to serve, under the Rising Sun badge for the past 120 years.
So no matter how Tasmanians choose to pay their respects today, the important thing is we do.
It is not a day for glorifying war. It's about respect and remembering those who gave their lives, or risked them, to defend the freedoms we are able to enjoy today.
Lest we forget.
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