Today, 25th April, is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC Day is a spiritual and solemn day that was established in 1915 to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I. This was Australia's and New Zealand's first major overseas conflict. Today, it is a day to remember all conflicts that the Australian and New Zealand defence forces have been in. It begins with dawn services all over the country and there are also marches of all veterens from all conflicts in most towns and cities in the country.
To mark this day, I thought I'd introduce you to a war memorial not far from where I live: the El Alamein fountain. It is in the heart of Kings Cross at the entrance to the Fitzroy Gardens. Built as a memorial to the soldiers that fought and died in two battles in El Alamein , Egypt in 1942 it is easily one of the loveliest fountains in Sydney.
It was designed by New Zealand architect Bob Woodward and was completed in 1961. It has been described as looking like a "blown thistle" and a "dandelion" and looks positively magical at night when it is illuminated.