Jan and Ian

ANZAC Day…

Quite a few years ago we took M & C to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Torquay where Meg promptly fainted from “lack of breakfast” (or so she claimed…) this time we left nothing to chance and packed the car with croissants and pain au chocolat to get us through the early morning. And an early start it was- 2:30 alarm, out the door by 3:00 for the 20km drive from Amiens to Villers Brettonneux. We weren’t alone though, as we passed the town centre we saw lines of buses filling and when we found the car park just outside the ceremony site there were streams of people walking along the flood-lit two kilometre trek up the hill to the Australian memorial.
It was silent, cold and beautifully eerie… a quiet pilgrimage.
The service was wonderfully organised- seating for most of the 4500, wonderful lighting, program and commemorative pin for every attendee and walkways to protect the grass around the graves. A beautiful slideshow illuminated the tower showing the faces, friends and families of those who are at rest here and music from school and military bands filled the time leading up to the service.
Dignitaries from Australia and France spoke and all the usual moments in the ceremony moved you as much as they always do, but this time we were amid the graves of those who “grow not old…” Very emotional and beautiful, respectful but not maudlin.
A memory to treasure for all of us.

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