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  • Ms. Jack Jacob Baldy Dodge VD Ms. Jack Jacob Baldy Dodge VD Apr 25, 2013 06:34 Flag

    ANZAC Day, 25th April.

    ANZAC Day in Australia is when we remember those killed in wars.

    The main focus of Australian remembrance is not in Australia, it's in Turkey, at a place called Gallipoli.

    There is a memorial there, erected by the leader of the Turks in WW1, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, these are his words ...

    "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … you are now living 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 faraway 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."

    I lost an ancestor at Gallipoli, he died two days after his 19th birthday, seven months after emigrating from England.

    "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. "