ANZAC celebrations 2015

In April of each year, a few friends and I normally remember ANZAC day ending it with the movie The Light Horseman. This movie covers the ANZAC troops (Australia New Zealand Army Corp) of the light horse unit involved in the Sinai and Palestine campaigns and the last great horse charge in modern military history on the settlement of Beersheba in 1917.

ANZAC Day in New Zealand is the day we as a nation remember the landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The plan was to capture the Dardanelles and if successful, the allies would gain control to the Bosphorus and the Black sea.

It was a fatal disaster with 2,779 New Zealanders,just under one quarter of them present, and 8,500 Australians losing their lives only to end with the Turks still in control of the area. With the help of the British, 87,000 Turks were killed, a testimony of how hard fighting the Kiwis and the Aussies were.

Anzac Day occurs on April 25th each year and although it is in memory of the Gallipoli landings, it also commemorates all New Zealanders killed in action and also honours all returned servicemen and women that have fought over seas.

This year marked the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day and to celebrate, a parade was planned to run through the heart of our nation’s capital, Wellington. Featuring Vintage World War I vehicles, horses and marching bands, cumulating in a fly over with real life vintage Biplanes, this was a parade not to be missed as it may never be repeated.

So with the special parade came special plans. The morning weather was a perfect start to a gorgeous day and we headed for Wellington with our close friends, Shane and Sharon, to photograph the parade and take in some of the sites and attractions. Tammy, having just arrived from the United States, made it even more special as this gave me a chance to show her our beautiful capitol City and the national pride we hold for all our military. Wellington, New Zealand was once voted by Lonely Planet as being one of the top ten cities to live in the world.

First, we drove from our hometown of Upper Hutt where we came across some young soldiers being put through their military drills for the dawn parade the following morning.

A young soldier practices for the upcoming Anzac dawn parade the next morning.

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The boys took to their task with solemn respect.

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We drove alongside the harbor next to a passenger train leading into the city.

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Today was a proud day to be a Kiwi and the whole nation seemed to be in great spirits as passengers waved hello when getting their photo taken in the train.

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No trip into town would be complete without a visit to our national museum Te papa

Our Māori (native tongue) name, ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’, literally means ‘container of treasures’ so we headed there first.

After a quick visit to Te Papa, we had a walk around the water front and had a bite to eat before lining up along the parade route and waited.

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When the parade got going, the first to appear from down the road were the horses. They of course stole the show.

Tammy has tried her hand at processing this image by blurring the background making the horse stand out more
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Then an assortment of marching bands and amazing vintage vehicles followed.

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By leaning hard over the barrier, I was able to catch the bands from a low angle. It just makes it more of an interesting shot to me.

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At the end, three biplanes flew overhead but due to me having a wide angle lens, it was not worthwhile taking a shot.

As we walked through downtown, lamp posts were decorated with reminders of what Anzac was all about.

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Everyone seemed to be out and about as we strolled the streets enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

I found I have not lost the knack of getting people to do loopy things for me in front of the camera
insert image of crazy girls.

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Along the Wellington water front there is a memorial for the American soldiers that stayed here before being deployed in the South Pacific.

The day slipped into early evening and not wanting to get caught up in the traffic, we made our way home to fish-n-chips. Tammy and I finished the night together watching the Light Horseman, a fitting ending to our day.
I cant help but post our National Anthem as it pertains to our history thus far.

God of nations! at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our Free Land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand

Men of ev’ry creed and race
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our Free Land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our State,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our Free Land.
Lord of battles in thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our Free Land.
From dishonour and from shame
Guard our country’s spotless name
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our Free Land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy Glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.


If you want to hear it , here it is with some wonderful images here it is.


2 thoughts on “ANZAC celebrations 2015

  1. Thanks for this beautiful post. It felt as if I was walking with you that day.Glad you enjoyed the day

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