ANZAC Day 2012 - Dawn Service

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April 25th 2012
Published: April 25th 2012
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The crowd awaits silent and respectful in the pre-dawn stillness. Minutes later a distant rythmic tapping sound gradually gains momentum and is joined by the sharp call which commands the marching veterans.

Applause starts to ripple out through the crowd as the veterans approach, then march proudly up the steps leading to their place on the Court of Honour.

Poignant, moving...the single bugler sounds The Last Post, and flags are lowered - signalling the start of a minutes silence. All retreat to private thoughts, more than a few tears are shed.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them"

"We will remember them"

The bugler sounds again, 'Reveille' proclaiming the belief that the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli heralded the dawn of the nationhood of New Zealand and Australia, anthems of both nations then sung.

Crowd remains standing until the last of the veterans has marched from the ground, applause seeming so inadequate a return for the sacrifices made......

ANZAC Day 2010: ANZAC Day 2010 - Auckland Dawn Service

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26th April 2012

This was a good complementary blog to Shane's (The Travel Camel)...
the ceremony is alive and well today.
27th April 2012
ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Auckland

Nice Photo
Great shot Jo :) It captured the essence of ANZAC day.
27th April 2012

Nicely done Jo!
We too in Canada proudly honour our Veterans with remembrance, they are the reason we live the life we do and can travel freely. We will never forget. Oh and one of my favourite songs is the band played waltzing Matilda by the Pogues...I think it is really amazingly done.
23rd May 2012
ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Auckland

This image (captioned as "The Fallen") was bestowed with an Honours Award in the Auckland Photographic Society's May 2012 Competition. May you receive further recognition for your photography in the future!
23rd May 2012
ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Auckland

Thanks :-) Here's the link to their May competition gallery - some amazing landscape shots in there;
6th October 2014

A Really Lovely Tribute
Thanks for sharing this Jo. Your wonderful pictures, coupled with the simple but moving words of this piece made both of us feel quite emotional... almost as if we had been there ourselves.
6th October 2014

Many thanks
Telling a photographer you feel emotion when looking at their images is one of the best compliments you can give. Thanks for dropping by !

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