I had previously visited the war memorial in Melbourne and it is supurb, and also the memorial in London, and it was very good, but nothing prepared me for my visit to our national memorial in Canberra. Although I had read alot about it I couldn't help but feel something very powerful during my visit - it is like the place has a presence - a very sacred presence.
I spent alot of time wandering the names of our fallen on the walls above the eternal flame and the reflecting pool. Whilst pausing to take it all in I looked up and saw our new parliament house in the distance down the avenue, and suddenly it all just made sense. It was the sacifices made by these men and women that have allowed us to live each day in freedom, with the ability to make choices. I whispered a quiet prayer and thanked each and every one of them for such a special gift.
Can I urge every Australian to visit this place at least once in your life. It is an invaluable experience and it was great to see many families with young children visiting. I also noted the many international visitors from a nation previously our enemy. I hope they could take something positive from their visit also.
Allow 3-5 hours to take in the entire memorial, which is divided by conflict and also has feature areas on air power and a hero's exhibit which is an absolute must see.
Suburb & highly recommended. Free admission and ample parking on site.
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