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Anzac Day

Anzac Day - Gallipoli
Those heroes that shed their blood
And lost their lives...
You are now living in the soil of a friendly country,
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours...
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons from faraway countries
Wipe away your tears;
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land
They have become our sons as well
Atatürk 1934

Above are the words of Atatürk, the famous Turkish commander of Gallipoli (Gelibolu) and the founder of modern Turkish Republic, about the resting heroes who died in Gallipoli. When you reach Galliboli Pennisula you can feel the spirit of the heroes of the battle. Today Gallipoli peninsula is a national park and is open to all visitors who come to pay respect in many military burial grounds.

Anzac Day - 25 April - is among the Australia's and New Zealand's most important national occasions. It indicates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli (Gelibolu), Turkey in 1915 during the First World War. Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.

Anzac day is held on every year to commemorate Anzacs killed in war and to honor returned servicemen and women.

Anzac Day tours are organized to Gelibolu, Çanakkale and the magnificent Anzac Cove welcomes the visitors in a gloomy way and hosts them where their ancestors lost their lives. Commemorative services are held at dawn. Australian, New Zealand and Turkish flags were hoisted and lowered to half-mast together at 05:30. This time was the beginning of the first strike at Anzac Beach, Gallipoli in 1915. The sky was still dark and the silence was clear enough to remember 'The Resting Heroes'.

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 By fidgit  25.4.2007

Whilst appreciating that the Gallipoli campaign marks the coming of age of both Australia and New Zealand, who lost so many lives over such a small and seemingly insignificant thread of land, let it not be forgotten that other nations also suffered here and will also be remembered this month. Nearly 9,000 French, 21,000 British and Irish and 86,000 Turkish troops died attacking and defending the thin strip of land. My grandfather didn´t die but was captured there and spent the next 3 years incarcerated as a prisoner of war. Now his grandson is married to a Turk (whose grandfather was killed there) and his granddaughter lives and works happily in Turkey. He was in the English army (East Yorks regiment). RIP one and all.

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