A few weeks ago we had the Bombing of Darwin ceremonies. This is a National Day of Significance and marks the first time, on 19 February 1942, that Australian soil was ever bombed by an enemy. The ceremony is a major event in Darwin and visitors come from far away to attend. It is extremely moving.
|This is the Peary memorial. The gun points to the wreck.|
|Soloists entertaining the crowd.|
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The band played wonderfully well.
The choir is at the back of the tent.
|Few of us are able to take time off work for this ceremony.|
It is not a public holiday.
Another ceremony was held down at the wharf where many workers and sailors lost their lives. One of the casualties was the hospital ship Manunda; no survivors. Captain William Michie, a relative of my husband, died on the MV Neptuna that day. It was carrying munitions.
|The vintage plane|
that flew over
The photos above are not mine. The big ones are from Eleanor Wilks a local professional photographer. The small photos are from the NT News our local newspaper. (I was at the back of the tent during the ceremony of course.)
|This was taken before the ceremony.|
It just shows part of the preparation for the re-enactment.
The cenotaph is on the left where you see flags.
Beyond the fence is a cliff and the harbour.
|There were two huge pavilions like this and some smaller tents.|
After they were filled the crowd stood under the trees.
It had been raining quite a lot and the ground was boggy.