Saturday, March 29, 2008
THOSE HEROES THAT SHED THEIR BLOOD AND LOST THEIR LIVES...YOU ARE NOW LYING IN THE SOUL OF A FRIENDLY COUNTRY, THEREFORE REST IN PEACE.
First published at Qassia:
And, most important are the words for all soldiers who gave their lives for this land. These words were spoken to our enemies by Ataturk, group commander of Anafartalar and the founder of Modern Turkey.
" Those heroes that shed their blood and
lost their lives... You are now lying in
the soul of a friendly country, therefore
rest in peace. There is no differences 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."
In recent times Turkey and Anzacs(Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)and nationals have become friends, respecting the sacrifices of their young men, dating from the original ANZAC Day,April 25 1917.
We will remember them!
Anzac Day is commemorated on April 25 every year. It is a day of remembrance for both Australian and New Zealanders. It is a public holiday in both countres. In New Zealand, it is also regarded as a religious commemoration with dawn parades and memorial services during the morning.
Returned services veterans gather at Returned Services Association clubs during the afternoon and evening. Many sporting fixtures and horse racing meetings are also held during the afternoon. It is similar in Australia with their returned services members meeting at their RSL's - Returned Services Leagues.