"Be Impressed by the Grandeur of ANZAC Parade" ANZAC Parade Tip by Kakapo2

ANZAC Parade, Canberra: 31 reviews and 71 photos

  View down ANZAC Parade to the Parliament Houses
by Kakapo2

Although it is very impressive, I do not like such avenues that are big enough for tanks and which remind me of marching soldiers, running to their death in sometimes protecting and fighting for at least questionable ideals. I hate wars. The design reminds me too much of the parade times of the Hitler and Stalin eras, and this means war for the bad, and not for the protection of anything I would consider worth of fighting for - although clearly the latter is the sole purpose of ANZAC Parade.

Of course, you can also see it from another point of view, and this makes sense if you visit this War Memorial, and ANZAC Parade which leads up to the Memorial. It honours the bravery of men who had no choice but go to war, most times because Australia belongs to the Commonwealth.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, as those two countries walked side by side - until lately when NZ decided not to join forces in the Iraq war/invasion/protection/liberation... or as you want call it...

(The following text is from the website about ANZAC Parade/http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/visiting/attractions/anzac_parade/)

"The parade is easily distinguishable, especially when viewed from Mt Ainslie. The red gravel (some say symbolising blood) and the mixed plantings of Australian blue gums (Eucalyptus bicostata) and New Zealand Hebe species is the element which links the parliamentary area to the northern lakeshore.

Anzac Parade was officially opened on 25 April 1965 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Anzac landing in Gallipoli. Anzac is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915.

Commemorative events take place each year on Anzac Day, and on Remembrance Day which commemorates the end of the 1914-1918 Great War' at the Stone of Remembrance in front of the Australian War Memorial. The Anzac Parade Open Day and other significant anniversaries attract crowds of visitors to the various memorials which line the Parade."

Phone: 0262627380
Website: http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=281&I

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  • Updated Jul 8, 2007
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