ANZAC Day 2017

Today is ANZAC Day.

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It is the anniversary of the New Zealand and Australian forces landing at Gallopoli in 1915.

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Here in New Brighton people have been marking this day in the same place, around the same cenotaph, since 1925.

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We joined the throng down there today.  We wouldn’t consider doing so anywhere else. It’s always a little ramshackle and homespun;  The seagulls have no respect for a well-pressed uniform,

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someone always parks a mobility scooter in the way of the band,

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lots of people bring their dogs with their plethora of foibles (this time it was a dog coughing fit during the National Anthem), and the RSA President always concludes proceedings with an invitation for drinks, nibbles and “whatever you fancy” back at the Bowls Club.

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It’s real and it’s honest. A fitting way to remember them..

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Lest we Forget.

 

 

 

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