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Rememberance Day Nov 06

Out of the chaos and tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign emerged the
legend of the Anzacs: a story of steadfast courage under impossible
odds and the forging of the spirit of mateship that somehow saw triumph
in disastrous defeat.

Turkish tribute

In 1934, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who led the fighting Turks at
Gallipoli and became founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923, paid
tribute to the Anzacs:

    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.

Anzac Day

Today, the "great defeat" at Gallipoli is commemorated in Australia
and New Zealand on Anzac Day, April 25 each year, anniversary of the
landing on that Turkish shore, as the Anzacs are remembered.

As the poet Laurence Binyon says:

    They shall grow not old,

    As we that are left grow old.

    Age shall not weary them,

    Nor the years condemn.

    At the going down of the sun,

    And in the morning,

    We will remember them.
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