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Anzac Day 2014

This year’s clouds and threats of rain were almost a relief after last year’s sweltering heat and a ceremony cut short by the number of participants suffering from the temperature.

Bullecourt has a new Maire following the retirement of M Jules Laude; Mme Gladys Dickson welcomed the gathering before handing the mike to the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs who gave the Commemorative Address.

As always, following the laying of wreaths at both the British-Australian Slouch Hat Monument and then the Village War Memorial, the parade set out for the Digger Memorial on the battlefield.


Some photos from the afternoon service


Les porte-drapeaux The French VIPs before the ceremony Former Maire Jules Laude with the Australian Ambassador HE Ric Wells French Military to the right of the Australian contingent The Maire of Bullecourt, Gladys Dickson welcomes the gathering The Hon Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sous-Préfète Béatrice Steffan Abbé Jean-Marie Reversé, Aumônier de la Gendarmerie Lt General Ash Power salutes the memorial Bringing the wreaths forward Jules Laude and Gladys Dickson representing the village of Bullecourt Representatives of New Zealand and Germany lay wreaths Leading the national anthems The Hon Julie Bishop reads out the citation for Jules Laude Former Maire of Bullecourt Jules Laude was made an honorary member of the Order of Australia The Australian Army Band leads the way to the Digger Monument This year the choirs came from Tasmania Real politicians wave to cameramen ! Gathering around the Digger Monument Members of the catafalque party

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