Does anyone wear white slacks on the ship or on land tours? Am mentally packing.
*Not being an American, I had to make sure I did know the significance of Memorial Day. It is only 2 days to April 25th, ANZAC Day, a very significant day (in the same vein) for Australians and New Zealanders, so my mind has turned to past sacrifice on distant foreign shores. I'm certainly not making light of your May date.
Ambassador: We were in your Anzac memorial museum in Sydney last year. It is a beautiful and moving place. I learned so much that I didn't know about your history.
Auckland has a War Memorial Museum ... you would remember that because of its prominent location above the city. Melbourne has the Shrine of Remembrance, a large and very imposing building set in parkland just outside the Central Business District ... on a wide boulevard designed as a ceremonial entry to the City. The Sydney Cenotaph is in Martin Place in the centre of the City. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra is the national war memorial and museum. All these places are moving. This ANZAC* Day is the 100th anniversary of that blood# and failed escapade known as the Gallipoli Landing in Turkey. Only Aussies & Kiwis could take such a failure and make it their foundation myth. But then they went on to the Western Front and win the war. Yes, I know ... America paid for the war to be won and supplied the grunt and the push at the end, but ANZAC troops fought for 4 years on foreign soil ... to win a foreign war. I know. There were no winners.
*ANZAC: Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.
Have fun on your cruise. We're doing the Tauck version later this year. Can't wait.