The New Age Caravans convoy sees us in Canberra for Anzac Day and Macca, Angie and Adele & Wayne from Caravanning with Kids attended the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial. When the What’s Up! Downunder team learnt that they would be there; they all knew this would be a highlight of this adventure. Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.
From 4.30am excerpts from the letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war firsthand were read out and this was a highly emotional part of the service for everyone. The heavens opened and it was cold, but this did not stop over 34,000 people come out in full force to REMEMBER. You can see the Dawn Service program here. The Last Post was delivered with perfection and there were a few silent tears shed during the following minute’s silence. What a service!
Time for a quick breaky (we had been there since 3am) and then it was off to see the National Ceremony veterans’ march. The ceremony incorporates the Anzac Day veterans’ march coordinated by the ACT branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL). Macca and Angie chatted with some interesting characters on the promenade, while Wayne, Adele and their girls looked at all the flags and uniforms of all those marching in the pouring rain. No one really seemed to mind the rain as the march began. It was a proud moment for all watching the crowds clap and cheer all those involved.
An early start and an emotion charged day saw everyone crash in the late arvo form some well earned R & R.
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Adele Dyson from Caravanning with Kids