Anzac Day: Lest we forget

A day of Anzac biscuits, beer and in New Zealand, a public holiday filled with sunshine. But let’s be honest, it’s a bit more of a serious day than all that.

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey

A few years ago I had the chance to visit Gallipoli in Turkey. This was the location where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed in 1915 and fought for 8-9 months as part of the Great War. Every year we have the chance to wake up for dawn services, visit the graves or just light a candle of remembrance. 

While visiting Gallipoli and the locations where our countries fought and many died, it’s hard not to feel somber. War is a terrible thing and in Gallipoli alone, over 120,000 men died fighting. Anzac Cove is a very difficult mountainous terrain and had horrid living conditions for the soldiers.

As this post goes live, New Zealanders across the globe will have been to dawn services to remember those who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Below is my dedication to the soldiers of Gallipoli and Anzac Cove.

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli

Trenches at Gallipoli

Trenches at Gallipoli

Trenches at Gallipoli

Trenches at Gallipoli

Chunuk Bair memorial

Chunuk Bair memorial

Chunuk Bair

Chunuk Bair, New Zealand Memorial

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

To read more about Gallipoli, visit the New Zealand hisotry site here »

If you would like to look at more of my photography from Gallipoli and Turkey, check out my Turkey gallery here »

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