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Gallipoli, Turkey.
Gallipoli, Turkey.

Lest We Forget

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

And the band played Waltzing Matilda,
As the ship pulled away from the quay,
And amidst all the cheers, flag waving and tears,
We sailed off for Gallipoli.

"I am in the military. I am an Australian citizen serving in the US Navy and have been for 16 years. I was the first female to be in charge of running a flight deck on the USS BATAAN (a smaller version of an aircraft carrier). Currently I am an instructor at Pensacola, Florida. When I retire in four years' time, I'm coming home to the greatest country on earth. So with that I wish you all a great Anzac Day. Take a few moments to remember". By Michelle.

"This time last year I travelled to Gallipoli accompanied by my wife and son. I stood at dawn on the shores of Anzac Cove to witness the annual Anzac service to mark the 85th anniversary of that fateful landing. Midway through the service and in the half-light of dawn, I turned to see the shape of the sphinx become clear against the morning sky. I marvelled at the courage and endurance the original Anzacs had displayed on that day 85 years earlier in gaining a foothold in such an inhospitable place. We stood with 10,000 other Australians and New Zealanders who had that morning made the pilgrimage to pay homage to those who had so gloriously toiled to build our nation's heritage. During the service we heard from the prime ministers of both countries as they delivered moving addresses, but the most emotive moment for me came toward the end of the service. As a finale, the national anthems of Turkey and New Zealand were solemnly played, during which all present stood silently to attention. Then came the strains of 'Advance Australia Fair' and, without instruction and in unison, the voices of all Australians present soared within that natural amphitheatre. I can unashamedly report that the lump in my throat that morning made it very difficult for me to do justice to our anthem". By John Fielding .

"The Gallipoli peninsula and its beaches are beautiful, spiritual and moving. Every Aussie should see Gallipoli. It was the experience of a lifetime". By Pat Garvey.


If you have any Anzac or Gallipoli anecdotes, please email me: askgetaway@ninemsn.com.au. For my very own memories of Gallipoli, click here.

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