This Anzac Day, April 25th 2014, will mark the 99th anniversary of the dawn landing at Gallipoli by Australian and New Zealand forces (Anzacs). The beginning of a fierce battle that almost a century later still has both sides commemorating the fallen together. In 1934 Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) then President of Turkey, who fought the Anzacs at Gallipoli, wrote the following tribute:
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.
Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk), President of Turkey, 1934
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.
If you would like more information, visit the Gallipoli and the Anzacs site.