April 25, 1915, marks the landing of the first ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) in Gallipoli, Turkey, in what was to be the first major military action of these countries as independent dominions (Wikipedia). Today is ANZAC day and almost a century after this action has elapsed. Today Australia celebrates all those who “served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” (Australian War Memorial).
This is a day of national pride! As the soldiers march through Swanston Street towards the Shrine of Remembrance they are applauded and cheered by the crowds that watch them go by. Veterans display their medals with pride as they make their way to the Shrine. It is impossible to describe the emotional feeling in the air, so I leave you with some photographs that hardly do any justice to the atmosphere we are immersed in.
And so we shall wait for the Centenary next year.