Antarctic Heritage Trust Conservator Jane Hamill shares how ANZAC Day was marked at Scott Base
Lowering the flag at Scott Base on Anzac Day (Jane Hamill/AHT)
The days have quickly been getting shorter on Ross Island and on Saturday afternoon the sun set for the last time until August 19th. While we do have twilight in the middle of the day, this will gradually disappear over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are enjoying the beautiful colours on Mount Discovery and Mount Erebus.
Though the sun has set, Anzac Day was still marked at Scott Base by a short ceremony attended by the Winter crew and a group of Americans and Kiwis from McMurdo Base. We met indoors at 10am for a reading of In Flanders Fields. All those gathered then dressed in their Extreme Cold Weather gear before moving outside for the Ode of Remembrance. The Last Post was played as the flag in front of the Base was lowered to half mast in the twilight, followed by a minute’s silence. Following the ceremony, we all moved inside for morning tea with cheese rolls, Anzac biscuits and even a pavlova.