We went to the Australian War Memorial (which is here in Canberra) shortly after the national Anzac Day service concluded around lunchtime today. It was like being backstage; after hours of live television broadcast across the country, we got there when all the technical crews were dismantling the cameras etc.
This is the first time I have seen concrete bollards EVERYWHERE – the terror threat is so high now. They had two sets of dozens of big barricades on either end of Anzac Parade, where in the past there was just a flimsy plastic ribbon. It’s so sad to see that happening even in Canberra now…
My father is a Vietnam veteran, and a major commemoration for the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Binh Ba is happening here in just a few weeks (the battle was mentioned on TV today).
We – as we always do – visited the Vietnam war section, and then went to Manuka for lunch and drinks.