Casey Research Station (WAP AUS-Ø2):
Snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven’t dissuaded Australia’s Antarctic expeditioners from paying their respects on Anzac Day.
The team of 26 held a dawn service at Casey Research Station (WAP AUS-Ø2) on Wednesday morning. It was led by expeditioner Rebecca Jeffcoat, who has been with the Royal Australian Navy for 28 years and served in the Middle East.
“I’ve been to many Anzac Day events over the years and today’s service, held against a backdrop of icebergs in Newcomb Bay, is one I will never forget,” she said.
The team, who are spending the winter at the research station, gathered under the flag-pole in -15°C.
“Expeditioners took the opportunity to proudly share their family member’s service experience; in the Boer War, lost at sea in World War II and in Afghanistan,” Ms Jeffcoat said.
Mawson Research Station (WAP AUS-Ø4):
Anzac Day represents a significant day in the calendar of events down south. With calm winds and a pink sky at Mawson we held a Dawn Service on ANZAC Day to remember those men and women from Australia and New Zealand who died or suffered in the tragedy of war.
Pic aside: The ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Mawson. (Photo: Pete Layt)
Australia’s Antarctic program has long links with the Australian Defence Force since it was founded in 1947.
TNX and credit to: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/
Too bad, no Ham radio operation has been performed to mark Anzac day! Hope to hear some VKØs active on HF from there soon.