On the 25th April, I went into the Melbourne CBD to watch the annual ANZAC Day Parade. The March is an important tradition in Australia, and I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to take some photographs.
Anzac Day is a national public holiday and is considered by many Australians to be one of the most solemn days of the year. Marches by veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Reserves, with allied veterans as well as the Australian Defence Force Cadets and Australian Air League and supported by members of Scouts Australia, Guides Australia, and other uniformed service groups, are held in cities and towns nationwide. The Anzac Day March from each state capital is televised live with commentary. (wikipedia)
I hadn’t been to an ANZAC Day March for a few years, and I was overwhelmed by how many people were there. Young, old, veterans, supporters, families. It was so moving to see so many people getting into the spirit of gratitude. No matter your personal stance on war, I think it is an important acknowledgement of the sacrifices made and it is gratifying that the younger generations will be so enthusiastic carrying it on.
I find street and documentary photography so fascinating, and this was such a good photography experience. There was so much atmosphere and spirit there, and I just hope that I managed to capture even a fraction of it through my lens.
For more photos from the ANZAC Day Parade, view the gallery on stardustandmelancholy.com here