With bugles at dawn, stirring pipes and with a song and a few jokes the dead of five wars were remembered throughout Australia and Ne Zealand on Thursday (25th) - ANZAC day.
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Background: With bugles at dawn, stirring pipes and with a song and a few jokes the dead of five wars were remembered throughout Australia and Ne Zealand on Thursday (25th) - ANZAC day.
Sydney a 53rd Anzac day celebrations began in the early morning half light when an estimate 5,000 people bowed their heads at a service of remembrance. Among the wreath-carriers was the Prime Minister Mr. Whitlam, he was an RAAF navigator during the second world-war.
Four later 22,000 exservicemen and women, spanning a generation gap from the Boar war to Vietnam, marched from the Cenotaph to the Anzac memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park.
An estimated 100,000 spectators lined the route breaking into spontaneous cheering as particularly famed units came view. A special feature of this year's march was a contingent of 600 New Zealand marching near the front of the procession.
The largest single group of veterans came from the Vietnam involvement, although there were also two' Diggers' present who had fought in the Boer war.
The present controversy over rational anthems was reflected in the ceremonies. Sydney was the only state capital in which Advance Australia Fair was played (the new national anthem), perhaps this was in deference to the presence of Mr. Whitlam, everywhere else God Save the Queen reigned supreme, even in Sydney God save the Queen was played twice whereas Advance Australia fair received just one rendition.
At the conclusion of the day's official ceremonies the 'Diggers' adjourned to local hostelries to partake of the traditional liquid refreshment.