Thursday, 25 April 2013

ANZAC Cove - 25th April 1915

ANZAC DAY commemorates the single most important, and tragedic, event of the First World War for Australia and New Zealand alike.

Important because it marks two young nations sending their men into a conflict which marked for them tragic loss (they were landed in the wrong location) and the coming of age of these two antipodean neighbours.

It speaks of sacrifice, folly and a pride that will never be eclipsed nor put aside and speaks also of the nobility that can come out of such conflict too.

Dare I really say 'nobility'? Yes, I think I do, for it is surely found in the words of Atatürk and in the song that you will find below:

Atatürk's words:

'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 now 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.'

dona eis requiem

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