Trip Start Apr 23, 2010
5Trip End Apr 28, 2010
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It was an emotional morning, and i found myself holding back tears as i thought of the age of some of the soliders who lost their lives and how close to my brothers age it is. We listened to pieces of music and speeches from the NZ prime minister as well as the Australian and Turkish Prime Minsiters.
At around 7am after the national anthems were sung (with pride) we headed on the trek up the walkways (with the other hundreds of people) to the Australian memorial site for the 10am service. The Australian site was huge - and quite impressive - I met the Govenor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce
Midday was the NZ service- it was quite a hot and hard walk uphill in the sunshine to the NZ site. We stopped in the trenches along the way and took our time. Upon arrival, I was disappointed to find the NZ'ers were cast to the back of the area and could only watch the service from a poor quality screen at the back. The Maori performers faced us during the performances, having their backs facing the VIP's and diplomats.
I did get to met the NZ prime minister - John Key which was a highlight!
We then had a 5 hour bus ride to the town of Ayvalik where we got some much needed sleep.