- Title: TURKEY: THOUSANDS ATTEND ANZAC DAY REMEMBERANCE SERVICE IN GALLIPOLI.
- Date: 25th April 2004
- Summary: (U1) GALLIPOLI, TURKEY (APRIL 25, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. TURKISH, AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FLAGS 2. CONGREGATION WATCHING CEREMONY ON BIG SCREEN 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AIR-VICE MARSHAL GARY BECK, DIRECTOR OFFICE OF AUSTRALIAN WAR GRAVES, WITH PROLOGUE, SAYING "And it was from the wharf at North Beach at 5pm on the 20th December, that the last Anzac, the commander of the rear party, Colonel Patton, the Sydneysider, left Gallipoli. In mid-November 1915, it was decided to evacuate the peninsula and over many nights, thousands of soldiers came down to North Beach to board the boats and take them away from Anzac forever." 4. CONGREGATION 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR DEFENCE ROBERT HELM, SAYING "Let us remember that we are here to commemorate those, who out of a sense of service and duty have staked their own frail mortality for the benefit of others. We recognise the nobility of their sacrifice and commit ourselves to preserve their legacy. As the light here grows and another Anzac day comes upon us, we turn to those in the shadows, we thank you, we will never forget you." 6. CONGREGATION STANDING FOR MINUTES SILENCE 7. MAN IN CONGREGATION 8. CONGREGATION 9. AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR DEFENCE ROBERT HELM LAYING WREATH 10. CONGREGATION 11. JUDITH TIZARD, NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATE MINISTER FOR ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE LAYING WREATH 12. LOCAL DEPUTY GOVERNOR LAYS WREATH 13. CONGREGATION Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: GALLIPOLI, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA5MJIX33FTWOAWM85WWSRPQ8S0
- Story Text: Thousands attended an Anzac Day dawn remembrance
service in Turkey.
Thousands attended an Anzac Day dawn remembrance service
in Turkey on Sunday (April 25, 2004), the day Australians
and New Zealand's remember their war dead.
Anzac Day has become one of the most important symbols
of Australian identity.
It commemorates a long and ultimately unsuccessful
World War One battle against Turkish forces at Gallipoli in
Turkey during which the Australian and New Zealand Army
Corps (ANZAC) lost more than 10,000 soldiers.
The Anzac dawn service took place at the Anzac
Commemorative site, North Beach, Gallipoli where thousands
wrapped in Australian, New Zealand and British flags took
part in the ceremony as the sun rose.
Air-Vice Marshal Gary Beck, Director Office of
Australian war graves read a prologue.
"In mid-November 1915, it was decided to evacuate the
peninsula and over many nights, thousands of soldiers came
down to North Beach to board the boats and take them away
from Anzac forever," Beck told the congregation.
The crowds were also addressed by the Australian
minister for defence Robert Hill.
"Let us remember that we are here to commemorate those,
who out of a sense of service and duty have staked their
own frail mortality for the benefit of others," he said.
New Zealand's associate minister for arts, culture and
heritage Judith Tizard also gave a talk.
A short service followed and traditionally Rudyard
Kipling's hymn 'Recessional' was sung.
Wreaths were then laid overlooking the sea where the forces landed
Air marshall Angus Houstoun recited the traditional
dedication which concludes with the last verse of Laurence
Binyon's 'For the Fallen':
"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
The crowds then observed a minute's silence before the
Later on Sunday an Australian Memorial Service would
be be held at Lone Pine and a New Zealand Memorial Service
at Chunuk Bair.
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