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
Every year on the 25th April Australia and New Zealand keep alive the memory of how the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Their soldiers were known as Anzacs and they were all volunteers.
Anzac Day tours are organized to Gelibolu, Çanakkale and then to Anzac Cove where commemorative services are held at dawn. Australian, New Zealand and Turkish flags are hoisted and lowered to half-mast together at 05:30. This time signifies the beginning of the first strike at Anzac Beach, Gallipoli in 1915.
The sky was still dark and the silence was clear enough to remember ‘The Resting Heroes’.
Most of the younger generation stay in Istanbul over this period and enjoy the local beer in Sultanahmet’s Bar Street. On a personal note, whether this is the correct way to keep the memory of the ANZACs alive, I can’t question.
If you will be travelling for Anzac day and in particular to Istanbul, then over these dates there is still space and tours to Anzac Cove can be arranged from Istanbul.
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