April 25, 2010

A N Z A C DAY 2010

April 25 is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. Today marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in Gallipoli in World War I. If you are interested in the history of this event you can read more about it on the above link.

I found this great photo from Google image. It belongs to Aotearoa.co.nz. Red poppies remind me of our visit to the Gallipoli pennisula in Turkey.

Here are my own photos I took while we were there. From top left, New Zealand memorial, Australian memorial, Turkish memorial and the lone pine, a single pine tree planted in front of Australian memorial.

Each year many Australians and New Zealanders who lost family members in the Gallipoli campaign visit Turkey for the annual ANZAC day memorial service. I went to Turkey for the second time in 2008. I highly recommend Turkey to anyone. Turkey is a country full of history, culture and most of all it's full of nice and hospitable people. Turkish people can't do enough to welcome you to their country. My friend Myra and I only stayed in Istanbul this time. It was Myra's first time in Turkey and she said she had the best holiday ever.


11 comments:

Kaite said...

good photos befitting Anzac Day Nat. i'd like to go myself one day. k.

Sue-Anne said...

Love the poppies photo. Looking at your photos from Turkey it is hard to believe it is the same place where the Anzacs fought. Lovely post Nat and a fitting tribute to our fallen soldiers.

Simone de Klerk said...

So good to remember and hear about the traditions of other countries.
In the Netherlands we have 'Herdenkingsdag' when we remember those who faught for their country and other counties in the past until now. And then on May 5th we have 'Bevrijdingsdag' when we celebrate the liberation of our country after WWII.

Nedra said...

Not knowing much about WWII history, I remember seeing the movie "Gallipoli" with Mel Gibson in the early 1980's. This was the first I had heard of Gallipoli and the war there. (although reviews say some of the history was quite inaccurate).
Thanks for a review from your perspective today.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Hi Nat!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. I enjoyed them.

Have a great weekend,
Stefanie

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Nat...it's wonderful how we all remember Anzac Day isn't it...Lest We Forget...Dzintra♥x

Terry said...

Inspiring post.

Nice photo of you and Myra.

Astrid said...

Thanks for sharing. I don't know much about that period, but I have always heard about Anzac Day, but didn't know what it was until some years ago.
Love the poppy flowers!

ria vogelzang said...

I didn't know the meaning of ANZAC day, so thanks for explaining!
Love your pictures!
Have a lovely week!

Margaret said...

A bucket list must , but I would be teary all the time, thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

Kim D. said...

Beautiful photo's and a lovely post. Thanks for sharing them.

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