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Anzac Day 2018

Floral tributes at the cenotaph, Martin Place.

Yesterday (25 April) was Anzac Day in Australia. Ceremonies are held across the country at dawn and throughout the day.


A poppy on a gun.

Cenotaph sculpture and Australian flag, Martin Place.

There are parades too, of veterans and serving military personnel, and family. And bands, of course. The “massed pipe bands” march past is always a crowd pleaser.

What did we ever do without camera phones?

Snap!

Something that strikes me about these bands is their make-up. Old and young, male and female, military and civilian, they all come together as one. I think you can really see that in these next two photos.

Old and young, male and female, military and civilian.

Old and young, male and female, military and civilian.

The particular band that I know (through a friend) is the Sydney Thistle Highland Pipe Band. They played at a separate ceremony in Martin Place at 12:30pm.

Friends and family often join them after the official proceedings, as the band visits a few pubs for some well deserved refreshment. They play at the pubs, too, which always draws a crowd!

There’s a pipe and drum band behind that crowd!

Bagpipes in a pub window.

The band is 100 years old this year.

100 years of piping, drumming and marching.

I have other Anzac Day posts here.

5 thoughts on “Anzac Day 2018

  1. I like that the Australians make a proper holiday of it. Let’s all go to the pub and the camaraderie all seems very fitting. 🙂 🙂 The skirl of the pipes cuts right through me but I love the pub window photo, and the drummer in motion. You’ve captured the atmosphere really well, Karen.

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    • Thanks Jo! Atmosphere is what I was going for (and arty shots, of course 🙂 ). It’s a real family day, you see small children in the parades with a grandparent and often the child is wearing the medals. The poppy/gun photo is cropped but there’s a bouquet with someone’s name at the right — it’s wedged into the trigger area. Very personal.

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  2. Great pics! My step daughter is in Cronulla, she is engaged to an Australian and has lived there for about 8 years. On our visits we had been there on Anzac Day and have seen the respect and acknowledgement for what happened then. I did not fully understand the significance until I read Peter Fitzsimon’s account. Made me sad we in the US do not show the same for our veterans.

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