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ANZAC Day 2008

 
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Corporal Athol Goodwin Kirkland

34th Battalion Australian Infantry A.I.F.
Aged 23 years and 2 months
Killed in action between 3rd and 5th of April 1918
Resting forever in an unknown grave, Villers-Bretonneux, France

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BerichtGeplaatst: 27 Apr 2008 16:24    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Thousands mark Anzac Day in Gallipoli

More than 10,000 Australians, New Zealanders and Turks have gathered at Gallipoli to mark the 93rd anniversary of the First World War Allied landings.

Anzac Day marks the start of the bloody campaign for the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey on April 25 1915 in which more than 100,00 Allied and Turkish troops died.

The day commemorates the deaths of Anzac - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - troops from all wars.

Turks will hold a separate ceremony to remember the 57th regiment who lost their lives trying to defend the area.

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Big turnout for Anzac Day dawn services

THOUSANDS of people across the nation have taken part in moving dawn services and marches this Anzac Day to honour Australian soldiers who gave their lives for their country.

The ranks of surviving World War I and II veterans continue to thin but in today's Anzac Day marches those who survive have been warmly received.

Hundreds of Australians have marked the day on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, while thousands more have made the pilgrimage to Gallipoli, where the Anzac legend was born 93 years ago today.

Anzac Day commemorations began with solemn dawn services held around the country at the same time the Anzac soldiers stormed the shore at Gallipoli under cover of darkness. The service there heard the Gallipoli landing forged Australian identity.

There was an impromptu outburst of Anzac spirit in Melbourne, when a Jeep carrying veterans broke down. Quick-thinking onlookers leapt into action, getting behind the stricken vehicle and pushing.
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At the Australian War Memorial in Canberra Prime Minister Kevin Rudd paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the service of Australia after hundreds of veterans marched onto the parade ground.


"We stand here today in this avenue of heroes, this avenue called Anzac, this avenue with its monuments of steel and of stone, silent still but speaking to us softly with the voices of 100,00 souls, each one of them with their name etched with care on the walls of this great memorial which stands behind us, each one of them the name of a precious life cut short through service to the nation," he said.

"For they were the best of us."

Marches

In Sydney, the procession down George Street began at 9am, with a fleet of taxis carrying the Diggers unable to march.

Victorian veterans, serving officers and descendants of past servicemen and women also began their march through Melbourne at 9am.

Soldiers on horseback headed the parade which started at the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets and will continue down St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance. Tens of thousands of people are lining the street behind barricades to pay their respects.

In Adelaide, the march from the city's war memorial is expected to include more World War II veterans than usual after a decision to shorten the route.

And up to 14,000 former servicemen and women will take part in the Anzac Day march through the streets of Brisbane today.

Before the march got underway a large number of Harley Davidson motorcycles were ridden into the city with the hundreds of bicycles taking up the length of Elizabeth Street.

Dawn services

In Sydney, young and old gathered at the Cenotaph in Martin Place despite the wet weather, and in Brisbane a crowd of about 15,000 turned out.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was one of the many in Sydney to commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

Major General Mark Kelly gave the official address. "The Anzacs' great achievement was that within four days of the landing of Gallipoli, the newspapers of the world had emblazoned the baptism of a new nation," he said.

"By the time the Gallipoli peninsula had been evacuated it had become hallowed ground .... the forging space of a nation. It was Australia's shrine ... the cradle of our traditions and the tomb of our princes."

In Brisbane, the Last Post was played by a lone bugler at 4.28am (AEST), the precise time Anzac troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. Gallery Pictures here.

The World War I campaign cost the lives of more than 8000 Australian soldiers during the eight-month battle, and ended in defeat.

Queensland Governor Quentin Bryce was among the dignitaries in attendance at the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane.

"Now, in 2008, as we are refreshed by the winds of change, we find new meanings in the achievements of those brave young men," Ms Bryce said. "Above all, we contemplate their courage."

Similar services were held in cities and towns across the country.

An Australian War Memorial spokeswoman estimated the turnout in Canberra was 30,000.

People of all ages gathered at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, where the service began at 5.45am (AEST) and finished with 35,000 people singing Advance Australia Fair. Those gathered were reminded that Australian soldiers were buried in 78 countries around the world.

Light rain threatened in Adelaide but the conditions did not deter the crowds and police prepared for the thousands of people expected at the event.

At least 30,000 people attended Perth's Anzac Day dawn service at Kings Park overlooking the Swan River this morning.

Hobart schoolboy Stewart Jackson, 9, had to stand on a box to be seen, but moved the crowd at Tasmania's biggest dawn service with an eloquent address about what Anzac Day meant to him.

Around the world

Across the Tasman in Auckland about 20,000 made their way to the city's Domain Cenotaph for a dawn service to remember New Zealand's war dead.

At the Bomana War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea close to 500 people witnessed the service to commemorate the Anzac spirit. Mist shrouded the graves of the 3000 young Australians who paid the ultimate price for their country.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith laid a wreath and extolled the virtues of their sacrifice.

"In the same way ever growing numbers of young Australians are travelling to Gallipoli, Australians are now coming to PNG to walk the track, to follow the personal links to fathers or grandfathers who fought here and to acknowledge a defining event in Australia's history," he said.

About 400 people including former prisoners of war gathered at the Hellfire Pass section of the infamous "Death Railway" in western Thailand for a dawn service. Thousands of prisoners died building the railway through Thailand and Burma.


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BerichtGeplaatst: 27 Apr 2008 16:37    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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