Friday, April 23, 2010

Skywatch Friday: ANZAC Day


On Anzac Day we look to the past, remembering those who strove to protect our future. We remember those who served on foreign battlefields, and those who stayed behind. Those who lost their lives, and those who survived. New Zealand sent more men to fight in World War I per head of population than any other nation. Of those killed, almost a third were buried half a world away in unmarked graves. http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/anzac

With Anzac Day this Sunday, like most suburbs of Auckland and towns of New Zealand, there are parades and ceremonies. Anzac Day commemorative services are held to honour those who fought for our country.

In Mt Albert, the parade starts at 8.15am from the car park near the Alberton Avenue shops. Members of the RSA and their families and the public march to an 8.30am service at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall.

It is expected to rain on Sunday, but it will not dampen the spirit. I was at the Mt Eden parade last year, and the weather wasn't kind. But people marched, old and young and babies. It tugs my heart.



EG CameraGirl said...

I'm sure there are many Kiwis who remember the war firsthand even though it ended 65 years ago.

Bill S. said...

Great picture and post. Very interesting. Have a great weekend.

Kim, USA said...

I personally didn't knew that the people of New Zealand fought in WW1. It is just right to remember and honored them for what we enjoy now our freedom. Happy weekend!

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rainfield61 said...

Either World War I or II are past history to me, but they are always reminded.

wenn said...

interesting info!

Ah Ngao said...

did the New Zealand soldier engaged any Gurkhas fighters during the wars?

Lois said...

Nice angle!

Kristin said...

Thanks for visiting :-)Wonderful post and information.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely and informative post and I love your shot as host for today! Really beautiful capture! Hope you have a great weekend, Ann!


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Carver said...

Great shot and interesting post about an important remembrance day.

Thanks for visiting mine and to answer your question it's too cold for outdoor swimming where I live although it's starting to warm up fast.