This year we attended the 100th commemorative service of Anzac Day, at Hellfire Pass on the Death railway, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
We left the Felix Hotel at 1 o,clock for the service beginning at 5:30 am. It is estimated 3000 people attended. If we had been 5 minutes later, the area would have been full, and we would have to have watched proceedings from the big screen at the Museum above the cutting. I was driven down the track by golf buggy.
The ceremony was conducted by Leut Commander, Paul Walsh, Royal Australian Navy, and Chaplain Michael Donaldson, Royal Australian Air Force. The address was given by Air Marshall Geoff Brown, AO, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force. The Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors also participated. Official wreaths were placed.
Like all Anzac Day ceremonies, it was very moving.It was made very special because of the setting. Hellfire Pass had an almost sacred feeling. Birds began singing during the service.
Our Guide, O, Taking Sue, Brian, & Jacinta Down the Steps, Leading to the Hellfire Pass Track. I went by Golf Buggy!
The Australian Government provided a “gunfire breakfast” at the museum. We did not stop as it was too crowded and we wanted to get back to the hotel for a full breakfast.
At 11 am we attended the service at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
Lest We Forget
The Dawn Service
We Placed Wreathes Provided by our Tour Company
The Walking Track Back Up to the Museum, After the Service
Placing Our Wreath at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery