Lest We Forget
We have the freedom to criticise our government, express our religion or atheism without persecution, good schools, amazing hospitals, effective police and a lot more – and in no small part due to the ultimate sacrifice of many good women and men, not that long ago. This photo is from when we visit Gallipoli in September 2013 – a very sombre, quiet day where we remembered the lives lost and also celebrated how fortunate we are today.
While at Gallipoli we read a tribute from Ataturk (First President of Turkey) – “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 faraway 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.”