Stunning Anzac Day 2012 sunrise; the gods were listening.

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Anzac Day, April 25th, is the most important day when Australians remember their servicemen and women who have served and given their lives in war. Ceremonies commence just before dawn, the time and date in 1915 when Australian troops first landed on a beach on the Gallipoli (English spelling) Peninsula, Turkey, in their first campaign of the Great War (WW I). The rights or wrongs of the campaign are not celebrated, rather the sheer courage and determination of the individual. Over the many months of this gruelling and stalemated campaign, the Australian troops gained great respect for their Turkish adversaries, a sentiment held by Australians to this day. The tough, driving and ultimately victorious commander of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli was Mustafa Kemal who, after the war, became leader of the Turkish nation, was known as Ataturk, and is called 'The Father of Modern Turkey'. He was one of the great commanders of WWI.

Post WWI he always welcomed his erstwhile Australian adversaries with open arms, to honour veterans and the fallen at Gallipoli, and that great tradition continues to this day.

Lest we forget.

The stunning sunrise after the 2012 pre-dawn service at Mandurah War Memorial seemed fitting and poignant for the occasion.

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Comments (135)

Christos Theodorou on April 24, 2014

Magnificent tonalities & beautiful silhouettes! - Many Greetings.

jockswa on April 25, 2014

Thanks very kindly Christos. Best regards, Jock.

jockswa on April 25, 2014

J.C. thank you. My wife took this image. All the best, Jock.

Charles Milton on April 30, 2014

"Stunning Anzac Day 2012 sunrise; the gods were listening"... Big YSL on this spectacular sunset.. I am going to invite you to one of my very special Galleries... SkyDance... I hope you will join.. Mika

jockswa on April 30, 2014

Mika, thanks kindly for the YSL and generous words for this shot. Sorry, can't join any more groups at this stage. Lack of time. All the best, Jock.

kazkun on May 22, 2014

Wonderful view! L+F Best wishes, kazkun

jockswa on May 24, 2014

kazkun, thanks kindly for the generous comment and L&F. Best regards, Jock.

australien67h on May 24, 2014



jockswa on May 26, 2014

australien67h, thank you for the kind comment and Lk. Best wishes, Jock.

ghost who bush walks on October 6, 2014

Great shot, sadly i missed this same parade

jockswa on October 6, 2014

Thanks for that GWBW. My good wife took this one. I don't know what possessed me to hand the camera to her and say "Shoot it!" I know she does a darn good job the few times she takes photos. Regards, Jock.

Jürgen-Grösel on June 17, 2015

Die Farben sind ein Traum. LIKE+FAV. LG Jürgen

jockswa on June 18, 2015

Jürgen, thanks kindly for the comment and L&F. Regards, Jock.

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on December 7

LIKE65. Impressive sunrise photography in beautiful colours. Lovely place.

Greetings from Sweden, Leif.

jockswa on December 8

Leif, thanks very much. I'll tell the Missus. Regards, Jock.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 25, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by jockswa
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2012/04/25 07:33:13
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired