96815:Fort DeRussy/11:45:49am [Lest we Forget]

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Although it was clearly Friday morning in Hawaii, Anzac Day had already begun in Australia. As we approached the Army Museum opposite Fort DeRussy Park we were concious that the Dawn Service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance was about to begin. So it seemed appropriate to pay a visit to another memorial that details the military contributions made by Hawaii and it’s citizens to the defence of their nation. We spent a rewarding couple of hours learning about early Hawaiian warfare, the island’s introduction to western weapons and strategy and their involvement in the World Wars, Korea,Vietnam and beyond.

The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, the exhibits extensive and well maintained. As we made our way back out into the sunshine we passed this gate and the contrast of light entering the darkness seemed very appropriate to our mood. The traditional words of The Ode were not far from our minds.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

~ Laurence Binyon, 1914~

191. Museums

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~ by korechronicles on April 24, 2009.

7 Responses to “96815:Fort DeRussy/11:45:49am [Lest we Forget]”

  1. Beautiful quote. Always brings tears to my eyes.

    I have never encountered the words ‘Hawaiian’ and ‘warfare’ in conjunction before!

  2. Love the total darkness and then the light – cool!

  3. Canadians don’t have a special holiday to remember their country’s unique contribution to WWI, but Remembrance Day is marked with similar reverence. The Binyon poem is often recited then. I think you chose a very suitable way to spend ANZAC Day even though you were off your native soil…

    I like the gradual transition from dark to light as your eye travels to the back of your image.

  4. I think one of the sole reasons I would travel to hawaii is to see the war memorial.

    g

  5. great tribute…I would also travel to Hawaii for the memorials…I hear they are phenomenal & touching.

  6. More pictures?? 🙂

  7. *polite cough*

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