April 25 means two things to millions of Australians - Anzacs and AFL.
And Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has taken part in both traditions at opposite ends of the country, with the federal election campaign on hold.
Mr Shorten started his morning in the Northern Territory, reflecting on Japanese bombs that brought war to Australia while watching the sun rise over Darwin Harbour.
Mr Shorten later joined more than 100,000 football fans in Melbourne for the annual Anzac Day clash.
Thousands of people gathered in the silent darkness before dawn in the NT capital.
As the sun broke over a cenotaph by the cliffs, Mr Shorten spoke of the devastating air raids 77 years ago which forever changed the city and country.
"Bare metres from here and in the waters behind us - and at Katherine, Broome, Wyndham, Derby - Japanese bombs brought war to Australia," he said.
"But in truth, one way or another, the shadow of war had already fallen upon every community in our nation."
On the 104th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, Mr Shorten thought of young diggers waiting to pounce on the Turkish peninsula.
"Bobbing in small boats on the dark sea, murmuring quiet prayers, scribbling letters, thinking of home, knowing in their heart they might never see it again."
And he honoured the legacy of every soldier to follow in their footsteps.
"The peace we live in, the democracy we vote in, the fact we can gather here today with family and friends to share a meal and raise a glass beneath a beautiful territory sky."
"We can live our lives because of Australians who gave theirs, and because of those who serve us still, in the uniform of our country."
Mr Shorten promised more support for those returning from Afghanistan.
"Those who have fought for our country should never have to fight post-traumatic stress, poverty or homelessness on their own."
Mr Shorten later leaned against the railings of a nearby pub, chatting to younger diggers sharing a beer over breakfast.
Half a world away, a suspected Islamic State extremist was arrested for planning an Anzac Day attack in Gallipoli.
The opposition leader implored Australians to continue visiting battlefields abroad.
"We can't afford to let these extremists discourage us."
He flew south after Darwin to join his son Rupert for the Collingwood-Essendon game at the MCG.
Bombers fans weren't too impressed with his black and white scarf, but it didn't stop dozens giving high-fives or stopping to take selfies.
"Good luck on May 18, mate. Just not on Anzac Day," one man said.
It was the third campaign truce in a week, with Mr Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreeing not to run ads or make political comments on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Anzac Day.
The campaign will kick off again on Friday.
Australian Associated Press