Yesterday (25 April) was Anzac Day in Australia. Ceremonies are held across the country at dawn and throughout the day.
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?
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.
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!
Bagpipes in a pub window.
The band is 100 years old this year.
I have other Anzac Day posts here.
I never get tired of this view, especially at sunset.
I took this photo on 28 March while attending Opera on the Harbour (La Bohème), which I’ll post about in a few days.
Photographed near Alice Springs.
An old (scanned) photo of a sky filled with smoke from a bushfire north of Sydney.