When our son was a youngster, each ANZAC Day, we would set off for the city, camp chairs in tow and get a spot in Adelaide Street, Brisbane. Arriving by 8am ensured we got a front row, perfect for young kids to see all the action. Little boys love a parade, watching the Anzac Day March with my family was always a moving experience, waving to the diggers, clapping, cheering, saying thank you for your service to the diggers marching past. I especially love the way the veterans react to the crowd, the bigger the cheer, the wider the smile!
Being a professional photographer, I’d capture images of the faces of the diggers passing by, their expressions frequently bringing a lump to my throat. As I photographed, my mind would wander and ask questions, what had they seen, who had they lost, how have they lived after returning home?
With the Brisbane Anzac Day March on Monday, I’ve gone deep into our archives and discovered some never shared before images from the 2006 Brisbane Anzac Day March. A few of the images are included here. The image featured in the header of this post is my favourite in the collection. Is it a father and son who’ve both seen service? Being a still image, it freezes a split second in time and communicates so much, about companionship, love, respect, mateship, support, humility and service.
Ten years on, these images have even more significance as they capture veterans and Brisbane people in a moment in Brisbane’s history that can never be repeated.
Today, the kids in these images watching the Brisbane Anzac Day March in 2006 are teenagers or all grown up now. Will they go and watch the March with their mates? Sadly some of the veterans marching on Anzac Day in 2006 have now passed.
To veterans from all wars and campaigns, thank you for your service and your sacrifice, we will remember you.