Monthly Archives: December 2014

MARK THE END OF THE WAR IN GALLIPOLI At The ANZAC MEMORIAL HYDE PARK

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MARK THE END OF THE WAR IN GALLIPOLI At The SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE

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Malcolm Fraser lays a wreath at a remembrance service

Malcolm Fraser lays a wreath at a remembrance service

Former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser lays a wreath at a remembrance service that was held at the Shrine Of Remembrance by the Friends of Gallipoli to mark the 99th anniversary of the end of the war at Gallipoli, on December 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia Photo: Paul Jeffers

December 20 Order of Service 2014

Malcolm Fraser – Mark the end of the war in Gallipoli

Chairman and Consul-General

Every day we receive reports of wars being undertaken in the Middle East or in South Asia or further afield. The human race does not need any help in going to war. It happens too often, in too many different places. That is why commemorating this particular event is so important.

Australia and Turkey, who fought long and hard in Gallipoli, in the Dardanelles campaign, have learnt to make peace. As soldiers in that terrible and costly campaign, costly on both sides of the conflict, soldiers learnt to respect the enemy, for his resolution, for his courage. But then after it was all over, both Turkey and Australia believed that they should make special efforts to overcome whatever hostility may have existed, and to establish a close and enduring relationship. Both countries have worked at that and have learnt to make peace, which is an example to all of us.

So this is a day to celebrate. The day the guns fell silent at the close of the Gallipoli campaign. It is a day to remember the courage, the self-sacrifice, the mateship of the soldiers involved on both sides, and the special place that that particular campaign holds in the minds and hearts of Australians.