It didn't take long for the tears to fall, for the collective grief of 22 nations to echo through the holiday island.
An emotional Dr Fiona Wood has given an inspirational speech at the Canberra service to mark the tenth anniversary of the Bali bombings, saying it was a privilege to "help those lives on that day".
Jalan Legian was always crazy around midnight but this night was particularly bad.
An Aussie flag bearing 88 small photographs hangs proudly on a ramshackle tin fence in Kuta's main street, marking one small corner of a foreign field that will forever be Australian.
Urgent phone calls early on a Sunday morning left Fiona Wood in little doubt about the unprecedented task ahead to save life and limb.
The pink bougainvillea sits in stark contrast to the rubbish and rubble - a piece of defiant beauty on the barren site that has broken the hearts of Bali bomb survivors.
Ten years on from the horror in Bali, hundreds have gathered at a moving service on a hill high above Kuta to honour the memory of the many lives lost in the 2002 bombings.
More than 200 family, friends, supporters and dignitaries turned out at dawn for a memorial service at Kings Park to remember and honour the 16 West Australians who died in the 2002 Bali bombings.
In a quiet street on the outskirts of Denpasar, the sound of laughing children echoes through a building where hope has risen from grief.
They first met on Kuta's beachfront nine years ago - children of the bomb - robbed of a parent 12 months earlier and unable to comprehend why.
For three nights in a row, Perth doctor Paul Mark headed to the airport to try to salvage lives from the bombings.