Anzac Day 2007...
Trip Start Feb 28, 2006
125Trip End Aug 20, 2008
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After a 1am finish on the computer I somehow managed to drag myself out of bed and get ready for the Anzac Day ceremony...
Patrice Burke was waiting patiently for me in the hotel reception and we headed off for the dawn service full of life and cheer... Well, ok maybe not, but it is a somber occasion so I was ok keeping quiet and taking in the atmosphere.
The service she took me to was at the Bulimba Barracks and we arrive in plenty of time to get our orders of service, candles and find a place in the croud to watch events unfold.
It was actually a very moving experience with readings from the bible, speeches from a number of military types and a poem about the wars..
The sunrise over the East of the City was simply spectacular, even if it was over a very industrial landscape! :o)
Surprisingly the most 'moving' part of the ceremony for me was (no not the beer afterwards!) singing the first verse of the Australian National Anthem 'Advancea Australia Fair.' I've never sung a national anthem of any country other than Scotland (I refuse to believe I've ever sung 'God Save the Queen!') and actually almost had a tear in my eye... Bring on citizenship in a years time! Heh, heh, heh...
After the service we went back one of the many friends of Patrice and had a fabulous cooked breakfast with more bacon than should legally be allowed on one table... Very very enjoyable thought! I was then dropped back at the hotel with the initial plan to sleep for a couple of hours before we met up again in the afternoon to enjoy the pub life... Instead (in my infinite wisdom!) I wandered out to take in the Brisbane Anzac Day parade... Very entertaining and lots of different fighting forces as well as nations.
Before I knew it it was time to hit the pubs and that we did with a vengeance - the beer flowed freely (mostly down our throats but occasionally there were spillages - not pointing any fingers!) and we all enjoyed a great afternoon. So much so that by 7pm we were ready to go our separate ways and pass out!
I made it back to the hotel, via a Subway shop, and that was pretty much the end of the day for me. My first proper Anzac Day in Australia - feeling very Aussie now!