April 25th is ANZAC Day in Australia. It's a day for remembering service men and women who have died in action, especially those members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who died in the battle at Gallipoli (Turkey) which began with a beach landing on this day in 1915. The "spirit of ANZAC" is an important part of the fabric of Australian culture today with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice.
Most larger cities around Australia commemorate ANZAC Day with a solemn dawn service. This year we finally made it to the dawn service held at the War Memorial in Kings Park overlooking sunrise over the Perth CBD and the Swan River. About 40,000 people attended, making it the largest attended ANZAC dawn service in Australia this year. We boarded the train into the city at 4:30am and then caught a shuttle bus that took us to Kings Park for the 6:00am service. In front of a silent crowd, wreaths were laid at the Memorial, a bugler played the "Last Post", a minute of silence was honoured and a speech was given. Very moving and very worthwhile being there.
Read more about ANZAC Day at http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/.