Thousands join Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey's west
The services on April 24 include the Turkish International Ceremony at the Martyr’s Monument (“Şehitler Abidesi” in Turkish), the French Memorial Service, the Commonwealth Memorial Service at Cape Helles and the Turkish Memorial Service at the 57th Regiment Memorial and Cemetery.
The international ceremony at Cape Helles Memorial was attended by Turkish Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Hüseyin Yaman, Çanakkale Governor Orhan Tavlı, the British Ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott, New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy, along with many other officials.
Following speeches and prayers, wreaths were left at the memorial. The national anthems were sung by the Australian Navy Band that joined the ceremonies for the first time this year.
The Allied forces, however, encountered strong resistance from the Turks and the campaign turned out to be a costly failure.
Tens of thousands of Turkish nationals and soldiers died, along with tens of thousands of Europeans, plus around 7,000-8,000 Australians and nearly 3,000 New Zealanders, referred to together as Anzac troops.