Last weekend we drove from Brisbane to Sydney to attend the ANZAC Day services. Depending on which route you choose, road works (lots at the moment) and traffic, the drive is about ten to twelve hours long. We decided to do the trip in two days, stopping at the picturesque coastal city of Newcastle along the way.
The Newcastle foreshore is most impressive and even though light rain was falling, we decided to park the car and go for a walk to the top of the cliff to see the ‘Memorial Walk’.
This is looking back down towards the car park from where we had come.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk was built in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli. (For more information on ANZAC Day, follow this link to my post from 2015)
On approach, steel silhouettes line the handrails, with the ones on the coastal side providing the most striking contrast due to their backdrop of the sky and sea.
Inscribed on the silhouettes are the 3,859 family names of the 10,947 known men and women who enlisted from this area in World War 1.
At various intervals along the walkway, there are information plaques. These are just a few of them.
On reaching the end of the memorial walk, we found another set of silhouettes; again inscribed with family names.
The overcast day added to our sombre mood of reflection as we remembered those men and woman who had given their lives for our freedom.