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Mark Hersh | all galleries >> Vacations 2004-2011 >> Vacation 2011: Turkey! >> Gallipoli WWI Battlefields (Çanakkale area) > Atatürk's words in 1934
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Atatürk's words in 1934

"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference 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."

The peninsula is a popular destination for Australian and New Zealanders, and ties between the Republic of Turkey and the two former enemies are closer than you would otherwise expect. It's commonly believed that the battles helped form both Australia's and New Zealand's national sense (as opposed to being colonies or dominions of Great Britain).

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Guest 19-Apr-2012 14:33
Outstanding photos and report. Enjoyed it very much.