Those heroes that shed their blood
And lost their lives.
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons from far away countries
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land they have
Become our sons as well.
[From a speech given by Kemal Attaturk at ANZAC Cove in 1934. These words are engraved on memorials at ANZAC Beach, Wellington, and Canberra]
Something to think about on Anzac Day 2012, 97 years to the day since the first ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli.