Sydney Anzac parade continues despite rain

15:24, April 25, 2010      

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Around 18,000 New South Wales veterans and serving forces made their way from the Cenotaph in Martin Place in the center of the city along George Street to Hyde Park on Sunday maid rain.

Thousands of spectators turned out to pay their respects to past and present members of Australia's defence forces along the major streets in Sydney's CBD in the annual Anzac Day march. They cheered and waved flags to their heros as parade went on with many veretans participating. Even the rain did not deter the spectators away from the streets to watch the march.

Trooper Mark Donaldson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for services in Afghanistan, said it was vital for young people take part in Anzac Day.

"You have to keep it alive because if you don't pass it down and make sure they understand what it's about then it's going to be forgotten about," Trooper Donaldson told reporters in Sydney following the march.

Pat Lee, an 88-year-old veteran who participated in the second world war, told Xinhua during the parade that it was good for the country and the people to remember those who fought and sacrificed for the country.

"We should never forget them. To remeber the dead is also a way of educating the young," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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