For our first away mission, Missy and I visited the Australian War Memorial, located in Canberra, Australia, which is in the patrol area of the USS Animus of Region 11.
The Australian War Memorial is a national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia, and some conflicts involving personnel from the Australian colonies prior to Federation. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum. The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941 and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world.
It contains one of the worlds largest mosaics with over six million individual tiles and is the largest stone structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s one part shrine, one part museum and one part research centre.
It’s incredibly humbling to be on the grounds of what so many in Australian society consider to be their most sacred space, as it not only serves as the Museum, Shrine and Research Centre, but for 102,000 of the 102,888 names on the Roll of Honour, it serves as a defacto grave, as it was not until the Vietnam War, that Australian service personnel were repatriated back to Australia for burial, so this building served for most of its 79 years as a place for family members to pay their respects to their fallen.
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