We had a public holiday today. I think it used to be the Melbourne Cup holiday, but the ACT Government moved it and renamed it. Whatever it is, it’s just an excuse to not go to work!
I went with my parents to the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra, which – despite being called a “memorial” – is actually a huge war museum to rival those anywhere else in the world.
The first picture is of some of the Victoria Cross soldiers’ uniforms. The one on the left belongs to giant SAS Special Forces soldier Ben Roberts-Smith. I had to get a blurry photo just because it’s so huge!
It was SO crowded today, with a gazillion tour bus-loads of visitors. It’s interesting watching people who have never been there before. There were actually people today who were walking around crying, that’s how moved they were.
My father is a war veteran, so we occasionally drop by and just look at a couple of things (usually things involving the Vietnam War) and then go for a glass of wine! It’s free, so it’s easy to do. However, this is the first time I’ve been where they had a teeny bit of security at the entrance.
The main reason we went is because Mephisto, a World War One tank, is on loan to the museum at the moment, and we hadn’t seen it before.
What’s really upsetting is that at the entrance there’s a boat from the Gallipoli landings, and every time we go there, everyone is running their hands all over it, despite being told not to. It’s astonishing how disrespectful people can be to such important historical pieces.
My Vietnam veteran father attended the fiftieth anniversary commemoration for the Battle of Long Tan in Canberra today. He knew people there, but the battle took place two years before he arrived in Vietnam.
He was the organiser for the Battle of Binh Ba commemoration a few years ago (which he did fight in), which took place at the same spot (the Vietnam memorial on Anzac Parade, running down from the Australian War Memorial).
When my father and another veteran went out to lunch, a woman saw their medals and paid for the whole thing. They didn’t know until after she had gone!
Here are his unedited pictures from today.
It was a gorgeous day, and the military flyovers came straight over our house, but I couldn’t make it to the actual event this time.
A display of some of the Ukrainian soldiers killed in the Russian invasion. It is in front of St Michael’s in Kyiv. It is out of date, and newer victims have been added in temporary memorials as the war continues.
In one month alone, 684 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, and that doesn’t include all the civilian deaths.
And yet in the coming days, the world will get worked up about the Russian entry in Eurovision, vote for them, and not care about human lives, or rights.
We did some driving around Canberra on Saturday night, and ended up on ANZAC Parade, home of the national war memorial services for Australia.
This is me standing in the centre of the Vietnam War monument – my father is a Vietnam veteran. There was nobody else around…
The Hall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Anzac Day on the weekend.
Because Anzac Day is such a big deal this year, here are some of my father’s pictures from the Vietnam War (he’s the one with black hair).
Australian Army, 1968-69.
I know people who are continuing to book holidays in Russia. Take a look at these things and ask yourself how you can have ANY morals and continue financially contributing to Putin’s Russia…
The bodies of 500 civilians have been found in the cellars of residential buildings in Debaltseve, Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as of the 6th of March
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