Anzac Day Commemoration

Şefik Vural Altay 24.04.2014

GOOD MORNING,

AS WE COMMEMORATE THE 99TH ANNIVERSARY OF GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN, WE FEEL PRIVILIEGED TO BE PART OF ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE AND ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS HERE IN ABU DHABI.

GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN, KNOWN AS ÇANAKKALE WARS IN TURKEY, WAS A DEFINING MOMENT AND A TURNING POINT NOT ONLY IN THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BUT THE TURKISH ONE AS WELL.

IT WAS THE FINAL SURGE IN DEFENCE OF OUR MOTHERLAND, TURKEY, AS CENTURIES OLD OTTOMAN EMPIRE WAS CRUMBLING.

FOLLOWING THIS WAR, DURING WHICH CAUSALITIES ON BOTH SIDES REACHED ALMOST 300 THOUSAND, “ÇANAKKALE IS IMPASSABLE” BECAME A COMMON AND WELL KNOWN PHRASE IN TURKISH LANGUAGE IN ORDER TO EXPRESS OUR DETERMINATION AND PRIDE FOR STOPPING MASSIVE ASSAULTS ON OUR HOMELAND AND DEFENDING OUR DIGNITY.

OUR VICTORY AT ÇANAKKALE DID MORE THAN ANY OTHER EVENT IN OUR HISTORY TO REASSURING OUR IDENTITY, AWARENESS, PRIDE AND A NEW SPIRIT.

FOLLOWING THIS UNPRECEDENTED FIERCE BATTLE, DURING WHICH, EACH AND EVERY TURKISH FAMILY LOST ONE OF ITS MEMBERS, A VERY STRONG DETERMINATION AND NATIONAL WILL TOOK HOLD. ÇANAKKALE WARS LAID THE STRONG GROUNDS FOR THE SUCCESSFUL TURKISH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE AGAINST THE OCCUPYING POWERS

AND CONSEQUENTLY THE FOUNDING OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY BACK IN 1923, UNDER THE GREAT LEADERSHIP OF MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK, THE HEROIC COMMANDER OF ÇANAKKALE WARS.

ÇANAKKALE WARS TAUGHT US BITTER LESSONS, BUT ALSO PAVED THE WAY FOR IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS. ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OUTCOMES OF ÇANAKKALE WARS IS THE ETERNAL FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE THAT IT ESTABLISHED BETWEEN OUR NATIONS AND COUNTRIES, WHICH WE ENJOY VERY MUCH TODAY. THIS EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION IS ELOQUENTLY REFLECTED IN THE FOLLOWING UNPRECEDENTED MESSAGE OF ATATÜRK, FATHER OF THE TURKS, WHICH HE SENT IN 1934, TO THE MOTHERS OF THOSE BRAVE SOLDIERS, WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES DURING THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN.

“QUOTE”

“THOSE HEROES THAT SHED THEIR BLOOD AND LOST THEIR LIVES. YOU ARE NOW LAYING IN THE SOIL OF A FRIENDLY COUNTRY. THEREFORE, REST IN PEACE. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JOHANNIES 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”

“UNQUOTE”

MAY GOD REST THE SOULS OF ALL HEROES OF GALLIPOLI IN PEACE.


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