Monday, 2 May 2016

Anzac Day

For those of you who, like us, didn't know 25th April was Anzac Day. Originally it was a day to commemorate the landing of tens of thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli (Turkey). More recently, it is a day to commemorate servicemen and women past and present. 

It's a big day in the Australian calendar so it is a bank holiday.  Mark took the day off so that we could join in the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in the centre of town. It was a very moving experience with people of all ages in attendance. We got there just in time to see the last of the bands walk from Flinders Street to the Shrine and followed them all the way. It was quite a walk for those more elderly servicemen and women. 

I did take several videos which capture some of the tremendous wall of sound that hits you as a band marches past but sadly the blog will not permit me to put it up due to its size. Needless to say it was a tremendously solemn procession and we both felt humbled to be able to observe a day that is not widely acknowledged in the UK. 

We didn't take the picture above but it did look as bright and beautiful on the day we went. 

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