Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #25
Whether you visit Australia’s capital cities or the smallest of rural towns, you will find one common element in them all. Every place in Australia has a war memorial dedicated to those who have served or are still serving our country, both at home and overseas.
Most were created after World War One to acknowledge Australia’s contribution and commemorate service personnel who died in far away lands. Since then, names have been added as Australians served in more recent engagements.
Many memorials are small and simple, in recognition of local people who served.
Some pay tribute to local individuals who gave outstanding service while others honour those who remained at home.
In larger towns the memorials are grander. They remind us that, for more than a century, Australians have been and still are on active duties in many parts of the world.
In August 1915, Australian and New Zealand forces led a successful campaign against the armies of the Ottoman Empire in what became known as The Battle of Lone Pine. Some war memorials include a tree, a descendant of the single pine tree which stood on that long ago battlefield.
For Australians and New Zealanders, today is ANZAC Day. Every year we remember the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served at Gallipoli in a campaign which began at dawn on 25th April 1915 and lasted for eight months. We gather to give thanks for their service and also for those who have served our countries since then.
This year is different. There have been no community Dawn Services, no marches or parades and no gatherings of comrades, families and friends. Instead we joined our neighbours in a minute’s silence, all standing outside our homes as the sun rose, with candles lit and phones streaming the playing of the Last Post and Reveille.
Lest We Forget
Read more about ANZAC Day here
While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.