Saturday, April 26, 2014

Honouring the Anzacs..



There were over 40,000 people at the Dawn Service yesterday morning in Kings Park, a clear sign that we will never forget the bravery of the The Anzacs. I took these shots at the parade a few hours later.. sorry about the overload again, I took so many but have tried to choose images that show the spirit of Anzac Day.  The sight of young people marching proudly beside their grandads, children on the shoulders of their fathers agog at the march by moved many to tears.. no, it wasn't the bagpipes :)


It's been 99 years since the first dawn services were held here and around the world from France to Hawaii and Turkey in honour of the Anzacs and the soldiers who have fought and died in wars since, we won't forget.. I couldn't help smiling at the gent below.. 104 he is, and still has a smile for a pretty lady, that's the spirit! Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..


30 comments:

  1. Excellent parade shots, and a wonderful tribute to such brave souls. The personalities of these old soldiers particularly shines through.

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  2. Beautiful set of images Grace. Thank you.

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  3. Very moving and a wonderful tribute indeed, Grace! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. You cannot possibly talk of an overload for this kind of event, it is so important to remember... Good to see kids there and 104... We have no more WWI veterans left in France, the last one died a couple of years ago...

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  5. What a great parade, Grace, wonderful photos, as usual.

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  6. 104 and still going strong. Awesome!

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  7. I remember our Dough Boys, all gone now, they wouldn't talk about the war but I do have letters from my great uncle who told of being a veterinarian on the front in France. Hard to believe it has been a century since the war started.

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  8. I had never heard about the Anzacs before. Nice.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. Well captured. I wonder why Perth has the largest number of people at the Dawn Service in Australia.

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  10. A wonderful tribute Grace!!! Reminds me of our Memorial Day celebrations...

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  11. Not enough of your excellent photography of this in my view.

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  12. Wonderful shots Grace. What a great way to honor such bravery!

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  13. You made me shed a tear too, Gracie. Very moving. xx

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  14. You caught some nice moments.

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  15. Lets hope & pray that none of those youngsters have to go to war. Great shots again, Gracie.

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  16. Greatest Allies in the world! To be honored indeed!


    Aloha

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  17. It would seem you caught the spirit of the occasion well.

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  18. It's like our "liberation day" on 25th april. Good captures! Arianna

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  19. Beautiful captures of a sombre parade

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  20. Vaya tela.. Muy buenas fotos... Cuanta gente.. Un saludo desde Murcia.

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  21. You are able to honor your soldiers, Grace, a healthy way to work with the subject war.
    All that we do is saying sorry for the past, not honoring those who help in Afghanistan and elsewhere now...

    In 1999 we witnessed the ANZAC-parade in Carnarvon - mind you, the whole town was in the parade, just a few tourists were there to cheer - touching, it sure was!

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  22. You got a lot of great photos of this event and 40,000 is an amazing turn-out.

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  23. Great parade. Seldom we see children and parents marching together in the same parade. Happy weekend!

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  24. Wonderful shots - I feel like I have been there now. Our family in Oz always get up early to see Anzac event in Torquay, Victoria.

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  25. For some strange reason, Melbourne had its largest attendance at the ANZAC dawn service for some time. It was an estimated 60,000 people according to yahoo news. Sydney recorded about 10,000 - but the Cenotaph area in Martin Place tends to be a smaller crowd space than that on offer in Melbourne. But who really knows numbers. It is more importantly clear that people value what ANZAC Day represents. Loved your series of photos - especially the toddler carrying the flag.

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  26. The variety of uniforms is fascinating!

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  27. We don't have parades like this one on Sweden. Looks like a good turnout here.

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  28. Fascinating. You got many interesting photos, Grace. The veterans had a lot of support from the public.

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