ANZAC Parade Memorials

At the top end of ANZAC Parade in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial. Along ANZAC Parade are the various memorials to the men and women from Australia and New Zealand that have been involved in military conflicts. “The term ‘ANZAC’ stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’. The ANZAC legend has its roots in Gallipoli and World War I, when the Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, on 25 April 1915.”*

Recently I visited ANZAC Parade in Canberra and here is some of the photos from that day in no particular memorial order.

Australian National Korean War Memorial

Australian National Korean War Memorial

anzac-parade-korea-a

Australian National Korean War Memorial – looking out to the road.

navy

Royal Australian Navy Memorial

Royal Australian Navy Memorial

Royal Australian Navy Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

Australian and New Zealand 1916-1918 Memorial

nurses

Australian Service Nurses Memorial

air-force

Royal Australian Air Force Memorial

Royal Australian Air Force Memorial

Royal Australian Air Force Memorial

The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial

The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial

The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial

The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial

Australian-Hellenic-Memorial

Australian-Hellenic Memorial

Rats of Tobruk Memorial

Rats of Tobruk Memorial

Rats of Tobruk Memorial

Rats of Tobruk Memorial

Australian Army Memorial

Australian Army Memorial

Ataturk Memorial

Ataturk Memorial

The New Zealand Memorial

The New Zealand Memorial – NZ side of the basket.

The New Zealand Memorial

The New Zealand Memorial – Australian Side of the Basket

The New Zealand Memorial

The New Zealand Memorial – Australian Paving

The New Zealand Memorial

The New Zealand Memorial Information

The New Zealand Memorial

The New Zealand Memorial – NZ Side Paving

The New Zealand Memorial

Each of us at a handle of the basket

Each memorial has symbols to help describe in a more solid form what we feel about the sacrifices, the gallantry, the mate-ship, the pain, the pride, the contribution, the suffering made by both  men and women of these two nations – Australia and New Zealand.

Some symbols are obvious like the soldier on the horse helping the man on the ground.  Some are more subtle like the suspended granite ring that holds the names of those Australians that died in the Vietnam conflict. “Each of us at the handle of the basket” reflects how NZ & Australia are often in these wars, conflicts and peace keeping rolls together. Together the load can be shared.

The red paving makes a crunch noise like marching soldiers. In the middle section between the roads are planted with NZ native hebes and at the sides Victorian blue Gums wall the sides. I also reflected on the beautiful blue sky the day I visited and how this could represent the opportunities given to me because of others sacrifices.

Sharing this blog post with the Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge.

ANZAC Parade, Canberra

ANZAC Parade, Canberra

The Ataturk Memorial and Australian-Hellenic Memorial can be entered from the rear as they do not fully meet the requirements to be an ANZAC memorial.

Anzac Day is to reflect on the cost of war and to remember those that lost their lives.

Lest we Forget.

*https://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/downloads/education_and_understanding/tours/Anzac_Parade_Walk.pdf

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