Friday, April 25, 2014

ANZAC Day 2014

Today is ANZAC Day, the 99th anniversary of the ANZACs landing at Gallipoli in Turkey early in the First World War. All over Australia and New Zealand, (and indeed all over the world), this day is commemorated with dawn services and parades.

We went to the parade in Adelaide this morning.  The crowd gathered early, eager to pay their respect to soldiers, sailors and airmen young, old, and departed.  Some made signs, others waved flags, but all cheered and clapped.

The parade was led by the Australian Mounted Police, the Colour Party and the army band.

There were some military vehicles throughout the parade, but everyone was really here to thank the veterans.  How proud they were, marching with their comrades, in perfect time with the marching bands.

Bringing up the rear was a contingent of the Australian Army, recently returned from Afghanistan, and a historical depiction of the South Australian Light Horse, a regiment that took part in the landing that fateful day in 1915.

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget

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