Over 10,000 attend Gallipoli dawn service for ANZAC Day centenary
Monday, April 27, 2015
A crowd of over 10,000 people attended theon Saturday at , for the 100th anniversary of the landing of and troops there in 1915. The solemn remembrance ceremony was held at the site of the original Gallipoli landings, now known as .
The Gallipoli Campaign of theis remembered as a failed attack in which thousands of lives were lost for little to no gain for either side. The campaign killed 45,000 and 86,000 Turkish troops.
Attendees at the dawn service included, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Australian Prime Minister's speech later in the day emphasised the importance of the day to Australians. "Like every generation since, we are here on Gallipoli because we believe the Anzacs represented Australians at their best. Because they rose to their challenges, we believe it is a little easier for us to rise to ours. Their example helps us to be better than we would otherwise be", he said.
New Zealand Prime Ministerat dawn described Gallipoli as a symbol of the highest ideals of Australians and New Zealanders "especially when they work side by side in the face of adversity".
Prince Charles stirred emotions by reading extracts from a serviceman's diary. The diary entry, by Company Quartermaster Sergeant Benjamin Leane, was addressed to his wife and was written hours before the first Gallipoli landing.
The centenary milestone ofalso drew a Turkish security force of 3700, both police and paramilitary. Attendees entered past six security checkpoints.
A record 120,000 people also attended services at thein to commemorate the centenary.
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