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April 25: Anzac Day
Today is Anzac Day. Australia cerebrates its victory in corporation with New Zealand in World War 1 at the battle of Gallipolis, Turkey, in 1941. Many parades are held nationwide today.

We came up to the City to see the parade. Bike police like this parole the street.

In the City, many groups are waiting at the assembly points assigned to them in advance. We came across to a group who was playing bagpipe music. A bandleader said O.K. to take picture and kindly put his large deep hat made from ostrich feather on my head. I need to hold it weight with my hand. The leader wears leopard fur cloth with its head on the back.
Red Cross nurses attached to the army wear the costume used in World War 1.
Veterans flock to the assembly points, then start the march by groups of those days respectively. Some veterans wear the uniform of those days; others wear ordinary suits with series of decoration on the chest. Aged veterans march on the military vehicles.
From young to elder, many people march proudly. As the actual veterans in World War 1 were almost gone, the relatives join the march by taking over their glories.
A brass band march of the local university plays brave military music or Waltzing Matilda: "Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, you'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me' and he sang as he watche'd and waited till his billy boiled 'you'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.'"

Some march on rare old-fashioned cars or wheelchairs, others join the march by bus sponsored by churches or community homes for the aged.

The leader of this bagpipe band was a pretty boy. He marches proudly by swinging the baton.
This is the War Memorial on the North Terrace. Today, young solders guard the Memorial surrounded with many floral wreaths. Around the Memorial are many cenotaphs of the past war victims.
March continues on the broad boulevard lined with beautiful autumnal colors.
Many TV station air the march near the seats reserved for distinguished guests

On the bridge over the Torrens River, connecting the City with North Adelaide, many spectators watch the parade by sitting on the portable chairs or on blankets they brought-in and welcome the veterans with a clapping of hands.
After the marching of the group of World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War, and recent PKF activity in Eastern Timor, groups of young soldiers in active service followed the parade. What was funny, there was a group led by a donkey.

After the march of army vehicles, cavalry march ended up the whole parade of the Day. I felt that Australia needs such a kind of ceremony to unify a nation consisting of many immigrants from around the world. I am not sure whether it is acceptable to appeal the need of unity by means of marching of armed forces and veterans. Actual peace is, however, based upon the UN forces all around the world. It is also a fact that veterans marched today have been creating this young country Australia. Anzac Day may be a day to confirm it.

The marching was dispersed voluntarily on War Memorial Drive. This is River Torrens Park. On the left is Festival Center with its unusual white roof. A beautiful fountain makes the City look more beautiful.
We walked back to the City. North Terrace Street is just like a beautiful park leading to South Australia Museum. Big trees make cool shadows and beautiful flowers are in bloom on the roadside.

On the left is South Australia Museum followed by Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide University. We dropped in the Art Gallery to look through the arts of SA. We then took a simple lunch at the terrace of the Museum. I thought we could taste a bit of South Australia today.