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    2018 - 12.21

    Easy to criticise
    Nanjing Night Net

    Re: the letter “Service fell flat” (Your View, April 30). I thought Michael was very harsh with his reference to the Anzac Day dawn service at Sutherland. I have been attending this dawn service for 20 years and want to commend Jimmy and his colleagues for their dedicated efforts and commitment to honour our fallen servicemen and women since 1949. It’s easy to be a critic these days!

    Steve L, Oyster Bay

    Dear Michael, have you ever: volunteered to play in the band at the dawn service, ever volunteered to sing, ever volunteered to join the St John Ambulance, ever helped the police with crowd control, ever spoken as a child or chaplain about our brave soldiers, ever helped cook or serve breakfast after the service, or most importantly volunteered like our amazing 90-plus hero to fight for his country?

    If not, should you be criticising Sutherland dawn service?

    Helen, Gymea Bay

    I agree with Michael of Loftus — the Sutherland dawn service was an embarrassing disaster.

    The antics of the presenter led to six occasions of crowd laughter; absolutely inappropriate for such a solemn event.

    Not only was it an affront to the memory of the sacrifice of the fallen, it was a terrible example to the many children and teenagers in the crowd. Hopefully, the presenter next year will have a more apt spirit of occasion.

    Robert, Sutherland

    My wife and I attended a dawn service with our son and grandsons to honour the fallen Australians and the families they left behind.

    We could not hear a great deal as we were at the back of a very large crowd, but unlike the critics, this did not impact upon our feelings or emotions.

    We don’t go to listen to speeches, we go to honour and remember those brave young men and women who fought so that we might live in our great country.

    We came away from the service proud of the young men and women while silently reflecting on their sacrifice.

    Michael, perhaps you should contact the Anzac Day committee at Sutherland and offer your assistance next year?

    Ian, Engadine

    Re: Bob Richard’s “Dawn disappointment” and Michael’s “Service fell flat”. What the Sutherland dawn service lacked in spit and polish it made up for with warmth and charm and a real country-town feel.

    Jim McIntyre was very endearing and did a sterling job as MC. All contributing speakers were good, and a special mention goes to the seniors from Jannali High.

    John Gunn, Jannali

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