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
25 April 2015—Anzac Day 2015
address, Pukeahu National War Memorial, Wellington, New
Zealand, by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.
25 April 2015—Anzac Day National Ceremony—commemorative address, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, by the Governor-General,
Sir Peter Cosgrove.
25 April 2015—Speech at the 2015 Dawn Service, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
25 April 2015—remarks at the Australian Memorial Service: speech, Lone Pine, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Michael Ronaldson.
25 April 2015—Dawn
Service address 25 April 2015, Australian War Memorial,
Canberra, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison.
anniversary of the Anzac landings—25 April 2005
Message for Anzac Day and address at the Anzac
Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, by the Prime Minister, John Howard.
Message from the Governor-General.
Address 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
Tomb of the Unknown
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).
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. It has been suggested recently that,
notwithstanding their noble sentiment, there is insufficient evidence to
ascribe the words to Ataturk. At present, this is a topic requiring further
research and cannot be regarded as settled.
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