On Friday at lunchtime, I popped along to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery to check out the ANZAC exhibit by photographer Laurence Aberhart. Previous times I have been to the gallery has been at a weekend when its very busy, but on Friday, I was one of the very few visitors.
This made viewing this exhibit, especially poignant.
The large gallery room is full of approximately 60 black and white photographs, taken over the last 30 years around New Zealand and Australia of the World War 1 memorials. All of the photographs show a single loan soldier.
Some of these monuments stand alone in the middle of seemingly nowhere, while others are in the middle of now bustling cities. Some have a handful of names and others too many to count.
As we commemorate the start of World War 1 when so many gave their lives and millions more suffered in appalling conditions, this exhibit shows that their sacrifice was not given in vain and forgotten. Their memory lives on, and so it must – we will not forget.
This exhibit is only on for a few more days and its free to visit, so I urge you, if you get the opportunity this week, to check it out.