Topic: Anzac colours on Victoria Bridge 2012

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On 24th April 2012 at 6pm the ANZAC colours went on to the Victoria Bridge LED lights.

The display started with red poppies moving slowly across the bridge then moving to ANZAC colours. An 18th century military writer recorded the following colours and their military meanings:

YELLOW - Honour, which should never be in question
WHITE - Innocence and truth
BLACK - Wisdom and sobriety
BLUE - Faith and constancy
RED - Justice
GREEN - Good hope
PURPLE - Fortitude with discretion
TAWNY - Merit
In the old tradition, if a mortally wounded ensign (junior military ranking) wrapped the Colours around his body and died with them, the Colours were not considered lost. The honour of the Colours was carried with the ensign's soul to heaven "to the possession of the eternal forever" and the enemy was denied the honour of having captured them.
It was a soldier's duty to pick up the Colours and, at all costs, save them.

More information can be found on the colours at this link.

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Anzac colours on Victoria Bridge 2012


City:Hamilton
Subject:Anzac day
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