Gallipoli centenary 25th April 2015

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Gallipoli centenary recognized around the world

The Gallipoli centenary, April 25th 2015 marks 100 years since the assaults at Gallipoli commenced during the first world war.

It also marks the first campaign of the ANZAC’s the joint Army corps of Australia and New Zealand.

People attend the dawn service in Anzac Cove in commemoration of the Gallipoli War on the Turkish Gallipoli peninsula (25 April 2015)
Photo Credit BBC – People attend the dawn service in Anzac Cove in commemoration of the Gallipoli War on the Turkish Gallipoli peninsula (25 April 2015)

Although Gallipoli is known as a military disaster it is still remembered and celebrated as ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand. The legend of the ANZAC soldier embodies great courage, discipline, mateship and endurance. The ANZAC spirit is still recognized and conjured at times of conflict in Australia today.

10,000 ANZAC soldiers, 10,000 french and 25,000 British soldiers lost their lives during this campaign. A campaign which resulted in allied troops being evacuated in January 2016.

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Photo Credit BBC Queen Elizabeth II lays a wreath during a service to commemorate ANZAC day

In the UK today the Queen has taken part in a two-minute silence and laid a wreath at Whitehall. Crowds gathered along with military personal to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during this campaign.

Across Australia hundreds of thousands of people gathered at dawn services to pay their respects and remember their dead.

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Photo credit BBC A dawn service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance commemorating the centenary of Anzac Day in Melbourne, Australia (25 April 2015)

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.

I had hoped to catch the Gallipoli centenary commemorations in Birmingham today, however I have not been well and was unable to attend :-(…

This doesn’t mean that I will not remember.

Have you been to any of the Gallipoli centenary services today? I would love to hear from you..

 

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