This is the site of the main recruting office in Sydney during the great war of 1914-1918. The cenotaph was erected in 1927 and is the meeting place for ex-service commemorative ceremonies. When I arrived this morning at 4am there were already masses of people filling up the martin place plaza which spread over a few city blocks. The master of ceremony began and within a few minutes the rain that had held off began anew. Those without umbrellas, including myself, moved to the cover of building alcoves. This is where I listened while the speakers took their turns in rememberance, bands played and hymns were sung.
Even with the rain, the service was handled beautifully. The first light was still making it's way through the night. The water striking a mix of concrete and umbrellas only added to the somber tone already felt.