They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun, and in the morning We shall remember them.
Lest We Forget
The actual 60th anniversary of VP day is tomorrow but as that is a Monday most of the commemorative events around Australia were held today.
Unlike previous such events in Canberra this was held at the foot of Anzac Parade on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin rather than at the top at the War Memorial. I'm only guessing here but I suspect that this was to symbolise the Pacific.
I'm hoping that was the primary reason and that the convenient safe area for fireworks was just a bonus.
The invited veterans had reserved seating (and rightly so) and had the best views overlooking the parade ground and the centre of the air pageant area.
The air pageant included two combined drops by the Red Berets and the Kiwi Blue teams (from a Chinook) and there was a feast of classic warbirds and current operational aircraft, with repeat appearances through the day by many of these planes.
One of the highlights was the specially dolled up F/A-18 celebrating 20 years of continuous service and the only airworthy Spitfire in Australia.
A well organised event and I really enjoyed today as well as some of the rehearsals yesterday (during which the P3 pilot was a complete showoff and switched off two engines)
The closing fireworks were excellent.
If you cannot see the causal relationship between "I have chocolate" and "Life is Good", you simply aren't trying hard enough. Pirates of the Burley Griffin