This was ANZAC Day 2016 on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Greece and Crete. 75 years to the day that many of our troops were taking cover under the Olive Trees waiting for nightfall when they could be carried, by the Navy, to safety away from the mainland of Greece.
We started our day conducting our own ANZAC Day Dawn Service with the support from a Priest allocated from the Defence Department. Our Service was brief yet moving for those who had their fathers or mother here in the campaign. Our Service was a success and following that we moved to a local hotel for breakfast. We were on the 7th Floor overlooking the ocean and it was a wonderful place to have breakfast.
Following our breakfast, we proceeded to our appointment with the Navy to view their flagship, the Averoff. This ship was the fastest in the Mediterranean in 1911 when it was built and the Turkish ships were no match for its speed and firepower. A great visit then off to the Government Service.
Our wreath layers stole the show as we all laid our wreaths in honour of those lost in the war and those who we had lost since. Lunch at the Australian Ambassadors Home followed before we said our goodbyes and proceeded home, tomorrow we go our separate ways, a tour to remember with a group not to forget.