speech notes: the significance of ANZAC‘,
prepared by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section, Parliamentary
Library, April 2008 (reviewed and updated in April 2010—Senators and Members
Previous Anzac Day speeches
25 April 2014—Anzac Day
2014 address, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, by the Governor-General Sir
25 April 2014—’Address to the Anzac Day national
ceremony: Australian War Memorial’, Canberra,
by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
25 April 2014—Remarks [speech] at the dawn
service, Anzac commemorative
site, North Beach, [Gallipoli], Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Michael Ronaldson.
90th anniversary of the Anzac landings—25
Message for Anzac Day and address
at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, by the Prime Minister John Howard.
Message from the Governor-General.
delivered by the Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force, Anzac Day Dawn Service,
Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Speech by the New Zealand High Commissioner,
Kate Lackey, at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
11 November 1993—transcript of the speech made by the Prime
Minister, Paul Keating, at the tomb of the unknown soldier on the occasion of
the Funeral of the
Unknown Australian Soldier, Remembrance Day.
unknown Australian soldier’, Ashley Ekins discusses the symbolic
significance of the return of the remains of an unknown Australian soldier (Wartime, no. 25,
January 2004, pp. 11–13).
Ataturk’s words of comfort
In 1934 the Turkish President and Gallipoli veteran, Kemal
Ataturk, wrote a tribute to the Anzacs killed at Gallipoli:
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 now here in this country of ours ... You
mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away the 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.
This inscription appears on the Kemal Ataturk Memorial,
Anzac Parade, Canberra.
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