Anzac Day, April 25th, is the most important day when Australians remember their servicemen and women who have served and given their lives in war. Ceremonies commence just before dawn, the time and date in 1915 when Australian troops first landed on a beach on the Gallipoli (English spelling) Peninsula, Turkey, in their first campaign of the Great War (WW I). The rights or wrongs of the campaign are not celebrated, rather the sheer courage and determination of the individual. Over the many months of this gruelling and stalemated campaign, the Australian troops gained great respect for their Turkish adversaries, a sentiment held by Australians to this day. The tough, driving and ultimately victorious commander of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli was Mustafa Kemal who, after the war, became leader of the Turkish nation, was known as Ataturk, and is called 'The Father of Modern Turkey'. He was one of the great commanders of WWI.
Post WWI he always welcomed his erstwhile Australian adversaries with open arms, to honour veterans and the fallen at Gallipoli, and that great tradition continues to this day.
Lest we forget.
The stunning sunrise after the 2012 pre-dawn service at Mandurah War Memorial seemed fitting and poignant for the occasion.