While everyone was celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks and barbecues, the Backscheiders have been busy exploring Australia's capital city Canberra. Hope to Parliament and the famous War Memorial, celebrating veterans isn't just a pastime in Australia, it is a way of life. Anzac day (April 25th) is the biggest holiday of the year to commemorate the 100k soldiers that have given their lives for Australia. Every town has a lawn bowling league (boccie ball) and retired servicemen center that offers free hot meals to those who have served their country. In general, I feel the respect paid to veterans here would put Americans to shame. That being said, there are far fewer and between.
|Australia War Memorial, Canberra|