As the crowd paused for a minute's silence at noon, many draped themselves in national flags. Sitting on the grass, a Chinese-Australian woman sobbed quietly, fiddling distractedly with a styrofoam cup and staring at the ground. In doing so she failed to notice, walking by, Pauline Hanson - the right-wing political firebrand who gained international notoriety in the 1990s with her anti-Asian, anti-immigration One Nation party. But Ms Hanson was there, too, for a commemoration was set firmly on reaffirming the Australian spirit, and drawing together the nation at a time of deep sadness and reflection. The speakers - who included politicians and celebrities as well as the friends and families of many of the victims - made constant references to the qualities by which Australians have come to define themselves: resilience, mateship, exuberance and youth. They invoked, too, the spirit of the Anzacs, the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who sacrificed themselves on the beaches of Gallipoli during World War I. To the outside observer there might seem little connection between a battle fought 87 years ago against Ottoman Turkey, and the deaths of holidaying tourists in a nightclub in Bali. But Australians do not see it that way. For them, the Anzacs encompass concepts of honour, courage and the nation's coming of age. As such, the two events are inextricably linked. The memorial's compere, broadcaster Geraldine Doogue, said the terrorist attack in Kuta had brought out a generosity of spirit and willingness to help each other which was 'the source of enormous pride for us all'. She said the attack led to 'the kind of carnage and destruction which some of us naively believed would never reach our part of the world'. The Governor of New South Wales, Marie Bashir, who is of Lebanese background, said: 'We Australians are a fair and compassionate people, open to the suffering and distress of others.' Many of those who died, she said, were 'young Australians whose love of sun and surf and sporting prowess is renowned. We have lost them in the full bloom of youth'. United in grief, the crowd sang the national anthem, while actor Bryan Brown recited Australia's unofficial national poem, which includes the lines: 'I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.'