Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Bombing of Darwin Remembrance Ceremony 2013

Can you see the Cenotaph, the canon, and the sailor out of step?
The woman in the teal jacket is our Administrator,
the equivalent of a Governor.
Today I sang with my choir at the ceremony to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942.  It was a massive occasion at the Cenotaph with about 5000 people in attendance. There were two other ceremonies - one at the wharf and one at the Peary memorial. Some of the survivors were present.

Here is a link to some photos from the ABC news service. They are rather good.  http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/02/19/3693816.htm

The morning was hot and humid. One soldier collapsed while guarding the Cenotaph. The ambulance officers were kept busy with the crowd too.

Planes flew over. Cannon fired (maybe they were not actually canon but Hausers???) Other gunfire. Smoke. Soldiers re-enacting the scene. Military band. Many wreaths. Very impressive speeches. The list goes on.

Occasions like this remind me that it is vital we select our politicians very carefully indeed. Politicians make war, not ordinary people. Then our various forces have to go out there and shoot the enemy whether they know the real reasons or not. Soldiers on both sides love their country and think they are doing the right thing. I believe it is a monumental tragedy that should be avoided. It is really sad that people die and before long it seems it was all for nothing.

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