We are feeling very proud at the moment, for all service men and women who have fought for our country, and Albany this weekend is the site for the 100 year commemoration for the leaving of the troops from Australian soil on 1st November 1914. Albany was the last place those soldiers saw as they sailed away to WW1. We are also bursting with pride for Albany itself, the planning for such an occasion has been years in the making, and our town has done itself proud for such a logistically challenging event. And the weather, wow, it could not be more perfect for the weekend.
The official march and ceremonies are on today, and we are at home watching the fantastic coverage on the ABC. But people who know us will be amazed to find out that we actually went into Albany last night, with lots and lots of people! We are not crowd people and normally avoid anything busy like the plague, but we wanted to share in this event and personally experience the effort and work that has gone into it.
It has been organised so very very well. We utilised the 'Park and Ride' set up, as many roads in town were closed, parking our car on the outskirts of town and using the buses that have come down from Perth especially for this. It went like clockwork. Brilliant. We walked into the ANZAC Peace Park at the bottom of town, where all around are huge screens and speakers so no matter where you are you can see what is going on. Loads of historical film and photos and commentary telling stories continued on the screen, plus official events as they are actually happening here.
The National ANZAC Centre, which provides an interpretive experience and sounds fantastic.
Well done Albany.