"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives (in Gallipoli). 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 living in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
What is Anzac?
Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On Anzac day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across Australia and around the world to acknowledge the service of Australian veterans.
Gallipoli Commemorations / Anzac Day in Turkey
On Anzac Day (25 April) each year, Australia and New Zealand host the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site on the Gallipoli Peninsula, with the gracious assistance and cooperation of Turkey.