ANZAC day 2013
What a nice change… getting up in the early hours but NOT having to cook breakfast for the hordes as Kotoni used to do at the Orange Ex-Services Club.
We were escorted to the waterfront cenotaph by a huge sinking moon which added to the atmosphere and illuminated our way.
Around 300 people attended the solemn ANZAC Day dawn service, held at the Pangai Si’i Cenotaph, Nuku’alofa including His Majesty, King Tupou VI, Representatives from the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, dignitaries from Japan, China, Korea, France, Holland, Sweden, and church, police, defence force, school and scout groups.
The Tongan military looked splendid in their crisp white uniforms… reminding us of the Indian Raj.
It was an opportunity to acknowledge theTongan troops who had served alongside Australian and New Zealand troops, in various theatres of war, including participating in the peace efforts during the Solomon troubles.
After the service we strolled along to the Australian High Commissioner’s Residence for an open house eggs, bacon, baked beans, Bundy rum, tea, coffee and anzac biscuits.
The rest of the day we just lazed around at home reading and waiting for the power to come on after a blackout… By 5pm no power so we headed off to a new palangi (westerner) haunt ‘the fisherman’s club’ nestled amongst the shipping containers hidden along a wharf. It’s redeeming feature is spectacular sunsets but getting there feels like walking through a Friday night crime set!
We finished off the evening with a pizza and moonlight walk home to lights on and power restored… completing the cycle of a lazy day!
ANZAC day 2013