The Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes flying over Old and New Parliament Houses in Canberra on Saturday afternoon (I took the picture from the car, so it’s not perfect!). New Parliament House turned thirty this year, and the celebrations were held this weekend.
Today is Vietnam Veterans Day in Australia, so here is a picture of the Federation Guard marching in Canberra during the Battle of Binh Ba anniversary service in 2009 (you can find it on other sites these days, but it’s actually my mother’s photo).
Binh Ba was one of Australia’s major victories in the war, and it was one of the last operations my father was part of before returning home.
Over sixty-thousand Australians served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972.
The view from the Australian War Memorial down ANZAC Parade in Canberra this afternoon. You can’t see it, but Lake Burley Griffin is at the end of the road, and then that’s Australian Parliament in the distance.
Yet again we had spectacular blue sky. And – yet again – the national news said it is cloudy and raining here. Uh…
The new recruits from Kapooka were on a visit today. They were all lined up out front for a group photo when we arrived.
Even though we went to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra today specifically for the Special Forces exhibition, we always drop by the Vietnam War section because my father is a veteran, and there are a number of parts of the exhibition that relate directly to him.
Here’s the helicopter display. There’s a sound and light show every few minutes.
The From the Shadows Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Picture #2.
The From the Shadows Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Picture #1.