On the eve of ANZAC day myself, the twins and mum went to Camp Gallipoli. An event held at Melbourne show grounds. It was incredible. They tried to recreate what it was like for the ANZAC’s at the landing and days following at Gallipoli by having thousands of people sleeping on mats or in swags. Braving the weather of Melbourne, everyone sleeps under the stars.
Wow, they did an excellent job. The volunteers were fantastic and handled the event well.
They where so good during the 1 minute silence. The stories we heard where great, and the artist that performed where great. The twins really enjoyed dancing to them.
They played a movie as well, Water Diviner, which was great for me but not so much got the twins as the gun fire parts where very loud, lucky I came with the ipad so they had a movie to watch themselves. The only main issue was half way through the movie Melbourne proved once again how the weather can change in a minute and it pelted down with rain! Was not a fun nights sleep. The swag got wet in the first down poor as I was not prepared for it, so our pillows and part of the mattress got wet! But all went well, lucky I came ready for anything with extra jumpers and clothes.
We awoke at 5:30am to the sound of the bugler. And also the rain! We packed up quickly so our things would not get much more wet then they were already, and at 6am headed to the dawn service.
It was an amazing experience to be able to attend the dawn service on the 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli. The service was amazing to see and be apart of. It brought tears to my eyes.
It was a once in a life time event to take the twins to and they where so well behaved and enjoyed it.
It will be something I will never forget as well.
Lest we forget.