ANZAC Day 25th April - Dawn Service

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Luckypenguin, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. The 25th of April is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand as a day to remember lives lost in wars during the short history of the two nations. The date of ANZAC Day comes from the year 1915, when forces from the two countries, still fresh from independence from Great Britain, fought under their own flag for the first time (albeit under British command - go figure). In the pre-dawn of April 25th, 1915 the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey as part of a combined force to take control of the Dardenelles Straight leading to the Black Sea. The campaign was a disaster for both the Allied forces and the Ottoman Turks with huge casualties on both sides.

    Each year commemorative services are held in Australia, New Zealand, and at the sites of former battlefields around the world such as Gallipoli in Turkey and Villers-Bretonneux in France. The services are held in the pre-dawn and are very sombre affairs and commemorate those who served and died in all theatres of war.

    The following are a few photos taken after the close of a service I attended yesterday morning. In the pre-dawn with rain threatening there was not much light so the quality of the pictures is not great. All shots were taken with an E-P1 + Leica 4/3 14-50mm f2.8-3.5

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    And also taken while on a walk a little bit later in the day

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    The term "lest we forget" is often spoken at the end of the ode of rememberance which is recited at every ANZAC Day service, as shown below

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  2. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Thanks Nic,

    Thoughtful post...
     
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  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    We will remember them....

    Thanks Nic.
     
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  4. I think I'm getting a bit teary...
     
  5. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thank you Nic ... We will remember them ... all of them.

    G
     
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  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    "With the tears a Land hath shed
    Their graves should ever be green."
    ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich
     
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  7. Last year in 2010 I was able to travel to Turkey and visit the Gallipoli Peninsula, including attending the ANZAC Day dawn service. The following is a selection of images taken during that time.

    Warning: non Micro 4/3 content!



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    Anzac Cove; the site of the initial ANZAC landings and where the dawn service is held. Canon EOS 50D + Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM



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    Sunset at Gallippoli. Canon EOS 50D + Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM



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    Looking down on Anzac Cove in the evening from the temporary grandstands erected for ANZAC Day. Canon EOS 50D + Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM



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    In the middle of the night, waiting for the dawn. Canon EOS 50D + Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM



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    After the dawn service, making the trek from Anzac Cove to the Australian memorial service at Lone Pine, and then to the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. Ricoh CX1



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    The Australian memorial service at Lone Pine Cemetary. Ricoh CX1



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    The Australian Governor-General and entourage greets the crowd at the close of the service, whilst people walk amongst the headstones. Ricoh CX1



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    On the way to the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair you pass the Turkish service. Sadly time doesn't allow to attend each service. Ricoh CX1