Weekly photo challenge – Mountains

Farewell to the Troops - Mt Clarence 1914

We recently visited Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It was a beautiful sunny day and Albany was picture perfect.

We visited the memorial at the summit of Mt Clarence, overlooking the ocean where Australian and New Zealand soldiers left Australian soil in a convoy of ships in November 1914 for their tour of duty in World War I.

Prior to visiting Mt Clarence we spotted a beautiful old church that was open to the public. There was a “Church Watcher”on duty (:-) true!) and he gave us a tour and some of its history. A service was held in this church for the troops on the convoy of ships, at 6.00am on that morning,  prior to them heading out to sea. This was the very first of what has become an Australian tradition on Anzac Day (25 April each year) where a dawn service is held to remember those who lost their lives in this terrible war.

So many of those young men did not return home again.

Lest we forget