This morning Jaime and I woke up at 5:30am and braved the early morning humidity to head out to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and 'laying of the wreaths' at the Kranji War Memorial at Woodlands Road 9, Singapore.
The service itself was extremely moving. Although I had heard stories of Australia's involvement in World War 2 from my late Grandfather, and have seen numerous documentaries and movies on the subject, and of course studied in history at school the role that the ANZACs played in defending Singapore, it still really hits home when I visit the Kranji War Memorial - to see the sheer number of grave stones honouring the Australian and New Zealand serviceman who so bravely sacrificed their lives... the monuments stretch for as far as the eye can see!! Just reading a few of the stones - the names, young ages and regiments... thank God for these men and women - and prayers to their families.
In this video, I sincerely apologise to the serviceman (who was one of many) that succumbed to the humidity this morning by fainting - I did not intentionally capture you on video.
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The Australian National Anthem - "Advance Australia Fair":