Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gallipoli: Anzac Cove Beach Cemetery, Turkey


This is the final stop at Gallipoli before leaving Turkey from the capital city of Istanbul in Turkey. At the beginning, we didn't know why Australia and New Zealand celebrate Anzac Day with dawn service memorial on April 25th yearly. To understand this historical Anzac Day, our tour guide takes us to Anzac Cove Beach Cemetery at Gallipoli, Turkey.

On 25th April 1915, a force of allied soldiers from the United Kingdom, France, India, Canada, Australian and New Zealand were supposed to storm the flat terrain of Brighton Beach which would lead them into the inland. Their ultimate goal was to capture Gallipoli Peninsular in order to open the Black Sea to Allied Navies.

However, due to poor communication, the troops ended up landing on the wrong beach North of Brighton. The terrain was very steep and became a huge disadvantage to the opponent which was Turkish troops. It became the death place for thousands of allied troops and the war lasted for 8 months only.

The word of Anzac Cove was agreed by Turkish Government as the official name in 1985.

To me, it is very touching moments when I read a beautiful speech by the first Turkish President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to the first visitors to Gallipoli from Australia and New Zealand in 1934:


 “Heroes who 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 Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours.
You, 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.”


This strong message brings our strong unity ties between our former enemies without feeling anger and hatred. We learn from the mistakes.

Do you feel the same?


Memorial at Anzac Cove with touching message from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1934 at Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial at Anzac Cove with touching message from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1934 at Gallipoli, Turkey

Lists of the names of Anzac troops who fought and died at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey
Lists of the names of Anzac troops who fought and died at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey
Anzac and Suvla cementaries are located along the coast road of the Eceabat and Bigali road at Gallipoli, Turkey
Anzac and Suvla cementaries are located along the coast road of the Eceabat and Bigali road at Gallipoli, Turkey

Anzac cementaries along Coast road of Gallipoli in Turkey
Anzac cementaries along Coast road of Gallipoli in Turkey
The Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey
The Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey

Feeling brotherhood ties where Turkish troop saved an injuired Anzac troop can be seen at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey
Feeling brotherhood ties where Turkish troop saved an injuired Anzac troop can be seen at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey

1 comment:

  1. this is such a beautiful pace to honour the dead. set on a very nice and prettty plane. i will make sure to visit here when i get near the city

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