Thousands gather for dawn service at Gallipoli to remember the fallen Anzacs

Thousands gathered at Gallipoli on Thursday morning to remember the soldiers who died at the beach during the First World War.

Colonel Richard Campbell, the Australian Defence Attaché to the Republic of Turkey, opened the ceremony with a moving speech about the history of the battle at Gallipoli.

"The story of the Gallipoli campaign is at once unique and universal," he told the crowd.

"Gallipoli was like no other World War campaign. The very countryside over which men fought, the narrow beachhead, the maze of cliffs and gullies distinguished Gallipoli from any other battlefield," he said.

"In other ways, Gallipoli was no different to any other. Suffering and death, courage and fear are elements of all wars and conflicts. Loss became commonplace, grief encased families across the world."

His speech ended with a poem written by one of the soldiers who left Gallipoli alive, saying farewell to his fallen friends.

"Sleep sound old friends

 The keenest part, 

Which more than failure wounds the heart,

 Is us to leave you, thus to part."

Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard, also made a commemorative address.

He acknowledged the sacrifice of the men who fought and died at Gallipoli, and the significance it holds for our two nations.

"The bonds formed across men of Anzac were founded on mutual respect and confidence. They demonstrated values of courage, perseverance, of sacrifice and of friendship.

"The experiences shared by Australians and New Zealander's on that terrible day and the days that followed have come to symbolize much about the fundamental values our nations stand for."

Mallard also acknowledged the dreadful loss at Gallipoli.

"The bravery and sacrifice of those who landed here was to be in vain. We do not gather here to mark a victory or defeat but to pay tribute to the valour, the service and sacrifice of all who fought here."

Following Mallard's address, a Colonel of the Turkish army read the tribute to the Anzacs written by President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1934.

"Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country so rest in peace." 

"To 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."



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