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Bullecourt

Anzac Day 2013

The late Spring in France broke for twenty-four hours on the 25th April. The sun came out and the temperature soared. It was so hot that the sapeurs-pompier were required to treat a number of people during the ceremony for heat exhaustion.

Whilst some bemoaned the heat, the regular attenders remarked that last year, getting water was the least of our problems as it was tipping it down.

M Jules Laude, Maire of Bullecourt welcomed us and he was followed by Senator The Hon. Bob Carr, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs who gave the Commemorative Address.

As always, following the laying of wreaths at both the British-Australian Slouch Hat Monument and then the Village War Memorial, the parade set out for the Digger Memorial on the battlefield.

 

Some photos from the afternoon service

Bullecourt

The wreaths ready for laying Spring has been so late the blossom is not out Members of the Sydney Male Voice Choir Looking round before the commemoration The two buglers for the afternoon Soldiers from the 41e régiment de transmissions Brigadier Anthony Hayward Just making his point It is going to be a very hot afternoon The official party has arrived Jules Laude - Maire de Bullecourt Senator The Hon. Bob Carr The lament It has become a furnace out front The veterans' associations lead the way to the Digger Memorial The Pipes and Drums of the Scots PGC College Warwick The procession out to the Digger Memorial Forming up for the final act of commemoration Australian and German soldiers salute the Australian National Anthem

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