ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2008


1 - A few impressions from this years edition of the Wellington ANZAC Day dawn service - Defence chief Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae (photo 8) read out a particularly poignant quote from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was a Turkish divisional commander at Gallipoli (and went on to achieve some other things, like founding the Turkish republic):
"Those heroes who 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 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 bosoms and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they become our sons as well."


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