Trip Start Mar 10, 2006
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To those that don't know..ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) ceremony is to commemorate a bloody fight that lasted about 9 months between the turks and the allies near the Dardenelles to gain access to the maramis sea and proceed into the black sea - giving naval access to a large part of eastern Europe during WWI
The actual dawn service was not as emotional as what I thought it would be. I think Kings Park in Perth is more poignant when you are able to see the sun rising behind the stage as the bugle starts playing. At the cove...the sun rises behind the cliffs....so it doesn't become light until much later after the service. Plus there were a lot of distractions with tv crew and some of the Turkish people talking and mobiling through the 2min silence. However, despite all of that...it was an amazing experience and to be able to put the landscape and history all into perspective was a privilege in itself.
We walked to the Lone Pine Australian ceremony, the Neck (unbelievable cliff area where the ANZACS climbed up amongst the fighting)...but by the time we arrived at the Chenuk Bair NZ ceremony...we were all so exhausted from being awake all night that we crashed on the grass awaiting our bus!
Ferried across to Cannakale to share a room with 3 snoring boys (Dave however made some weird sucking noises as he slept!!)....I felt loved!