To commemorate Anzac Day in 2001 Andrew and I went on a tour of Turkey including Gallipoli. This tour is where we met each other thus Anzac Day holds special significance for us. I remember feeling very emotional as the bugle played as the dawn broke on the beach at Gallipoli. As the waves lapped onto the beach it was a horrible feeling to imagine young, innocent Australian and New Zealand soldiers running up onto the beach to face attack from the much better positioned Turkish troops.
In 1934, Kemal Atatürk delivered the following words to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the Gallipoli battlefields. This was later inscribed on a monolith at Ari Burnu Cemetery ( ANZAC Beach ) which was unveiled in 1985:
- “Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives. You are now lying 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 far away 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.”
- We hope that today you pause for a moment to remember those that have died fighting at war.