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Old Apr 25, 2008, 7:29 AM   #1
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25th April Anzac Day is a big day for all Aussies and Kiwis. The day we took a bloody nose from Johnny Turk and kept in there.

Celebrated everywhere some of us can get together. For me... we held our dawn service at the Commonwealth War Cemetary in Khartoum.

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Old Apr 25, 2008, 7:35 AM   #2
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 9:05 AM   #3
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Very moving pictures, I love the first one.
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 9:30 AM   #4
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There is a similar Commonwealth War Graves cemetary here in Gander, mostlyfor the pilots and crews who lost their lives transporting aircraft through our airport, a major ferry stop during WWII.

I agree that the first image is very appropriate.

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Old Apr 25, 2008, 1:08 PM   #5
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I just got back from celebrating Anzac Day. A day of friendship, new friends and old friends.

[not my pics]

A little bit of two up.


Some amber refreshment


Some food

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Old Apr 25, 2008, 4:09 PM   #6
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The first picture is top notch in everyway.
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 6:28 PM   #7
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Peacekeeper, congrats foryour very timely post

Irememberwandering the actual place drawn withintertwinedtrenches of both sides,where one of the fiercest battles of humanity took place costing over half a million lives within nine months!A spellbound feeling won't leave you while you are in theGallipoli peninsula which is anational park today.An unquestionably fiercely yetthat gentlemanly fought warwhich could even established a brotherhood is unique, imo! I shouldalso say that I wasdeeplly moved by the following words by Atatürk (who rose in the commander rankthere in 1915, and again who stripped offhis ranks into start the Turkish War of Independence against the Serves Treaty signed by the Ottoman Empire!) which is inscribed there at the memorial.

"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 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."

( Atatürk, 1934 )



Ah, btw, belowisthe lyrics of the ''And the band plays Waltzing Matilda'' which I have always found very meaningful..

http://celtic-lyrics.com/forum/index...rics&id=36




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I am working with some Turkish UN Peacekeepers here and it is great that such a conflict as this is remembered with such honour by all.

I only hope that the thousands of Aussies that descend on the Galipoli peninsular every year to remember Anzac Day do so with some repect for your country. I know we have a tendency in ours to drink a lot and get a bit rowdy on this one day.

I myself, have not been there yet, I was going to go this year as I am already so close, but the events conspired to prevent me from attending this year.

Waltzing Matilda is a wonderful tribute and rightly said, very meaningful.

Stay Safe

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Beautiful.

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A fitting tribute to a tradition of bravery and service.

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