Thursday, April 25, 2013

Anzac Day 2013 - The Sale To Bairnsdale

I had to drive home from Melbourne today and it was too much of an opportunity to miss being part of the dawn service at the Shrine. If you are ever planning on getting there, the media tell you to get there at 5:30 (I got there at 5:20 as I got up at 4:00am), but I would recommend earlier, and take a torch. I took my camera, but the service is not about photos, I could not believe the size of the crowd, as I was driving down St Kilda Road at 5am, there were people swarming to the Shrine. What stood out the most was the silence once the service began:-

"for 30 minutes you would have heard a pin was so still and quiet......"

"Lest we Forget"

In the daylight you began to appreciate the size of the crowd

Just an amazing experience.

Those serving at the moment were not forgotten either

At the conclusion of the service people swarmed around the shrine.

Then in the afternoon the annual Anzac Day Sale to Bairnsdale bike race

A local cycling tradition is the Sale to Bairnsdale bike race. This year it was well represented by riders from Melbounre, and big groups from both Warragul and the Latrobe Valley. The race was very hilly today and the four bunches were together as they passed me, but the race was going to get much tougher before the end.

Pics will be up on Facebook
A sneak peak of photos:-

The Poster Boys of the Defence Force, racing on Anzac Day

A Grade could even smile - The hills were still a long way ahead

A Grade - some werent smiling

B Grade also not looking so happy

B Grade catching a breath

C Grade just cruising

D Grade also had time to smile

Bikes at the ready at the start

The Organisers, also looking relaxed as the hard work was done

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