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25 April 2013

Anzac Day

 
A field of red poppies (Papaver rhoeas) from the Tunisian countryside

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.  It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries".
 
 
Those of you who have been to Gallipoli will be familiar with a large stone monument bearing the following inscription by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.  His words are sincere, comforting and heartfelt.
 
"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."


Here is a link from the BBC with photographs from Anzac Day ceremonies from
 25 April 2013.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22289665


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