It was about 2005 when we attended an Anzac Day dawn service at Melbourne's very stately Shrine of Remembrance. I recommend everyone should attend the service once in their lifetime. It was beautiful and very moving. One day I also hope to go to a small local Anzac Day service, perhaps in a country town. I rather fancy seeing the ceremony at Adelaide River in the Northern Territory, a place which was bombed by the Japanese in World War 2. We were there quite early one morning and it is truly a beautiful cemetery. Here are a couple of photos from our visit.
Yesterday Blossom Flower Girl attended a service to commemorate Remembrance Day in a pleasant and quintessentially Australian suburban setting. There wasn't a grand memorial edifice. There weren't rows of poplars or other exotic trees, just your humble old gum trees with a backdrop of suburban houses. I particularly like the third photo down. How the lads fighting and dying in mud in France during World War 1 would have dreamed of gum trees. Have a look at the Melbourne Daily Photo post here.
Of late all I ever hear from returned service men is that war is stupid and should be avoided at all costs. I think World War 1 may well have been one of the most stupid.
Lest we forget.