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ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Sydney: ANZAC Day (2013)

The guns are silent.

In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance to mark the 1915 landing at dawn of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in World War 1 (WW1). The Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) saw their first WW1 military action in Gallipoli as part of an Allied expeditionary force whose aim was to free passage for allied shipping through the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and onwards to Constantinople (now Istanbul). Instead, months of heavy fighting became a stalemate with major losses on both sides.

The importance of this date for both countries has ensured that ANZAC Day takes place annually on the 25th of April. In the present, ANZAC Day is a day to remember Australians and New Zealanders who have represented and served their countries in combat and peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Most veterans from the two great world wars of the 20th-century are gone, and soon, they’ll all fade away; the last surviving Australian participant at Gallipoli died in 2002. If ANZAC day has become an excuse for consumption and frivolity, the historical context for present-day commemoration is in danger of becoming lost. Michael Brissenden of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation wrote:

… It’s clear now that Anzac Day has grown to become our most important commemorative day. But is that in itself enough? Should it also spark more of a national conversation? And shouldn’t we at least try and invest the day with what historians like Clare Wright call “historical authenticity”? Along with the mass patriotic sentiment, the huge crowds and even the football grudge matches the day now inspires, some are still searching for more.

The guns are silent on ANZAC Day.

The photographs below reflect a small cross-section of people and their memories. By pure chance, I’m glad to have met and chatted with Australian World War 2 war-veteran Ken Curran, a member of the Order of Australia.

I made all of the photos below on ANZAC Day (25 April) 2013 in the Sydney CBD. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-3gp.


The pictures (49)

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Hornsby RSL Pipe Band

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Marches

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Looking

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Veterans

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

A chat with mates

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Hornsby RSL Pipe Band

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Pipes

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Drums

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Drum action

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Pipes

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Pipes

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Last practise, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Commando Memorial, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Commando Memorial, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Cenotaph, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Salutes at the Cenotaph

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Salutes

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Organized drumming

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Salute

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

“Last Post”, “Rouse”

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

At attention

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Australian Air League

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Young lads in the league

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Salutes

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Cenotaph, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Waiting

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Marching

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Marching

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Salutes

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Marching

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Marching

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

March

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

A pause

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Flag-bearer

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Old empire

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Waiting

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Drum corps

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

National flags

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Flowers and wreathes at the Cenotaph

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

United Kingdom

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Australia

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

New Zealand

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Canada

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Cenotaph, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Cenotaph, Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Silhouette, 1 of 2

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Silhouette, 2 of 2

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

“Lest We Forget”: Cenotaph at Martin Place

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

“Saluting Their Service”, from the City of Sydney

5 Responses to “Sydney: ANZAC Day (2013)”

  1. taosresident

    I always think of young men sent to die so horribly so far from home. The gallipoli story is a fascinating one and amazingly tragic.

    War is forever a fools errand.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      Hi, Jim. The Gallipoli story is a complete tragedy, wholly acknowledged in Australia and New Zealand. And yet, that has helped define both nations through the 20th-century. What that truly says about the people and the respective countries at that time, I’ll leave to the history books. From what I’ve seen thus far, the 21st-century versions of OZ and NZ are going to be fascinating and different. When I created this photo-essay, I knew I had to provide some “balance”, if you will, with the follow-up post when I met Australian veteran, Ken Curran, on ANZAC Day.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment, Jim.

      Like

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