In 1934 Ataturk wrote this tribute to the ANZACS killed at Gallipoli. These infamous words of Ataturk are engraved on what is now hallowed ground for the ANZAC troops on Turkish soil. This inscription appears in ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli - Turkey, and also on the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra.
ANZAC Day reminds us every year about what it is to be sovereign; a sovereign nation, a sovereign people, and mostly a sovereign democracy. Humanity requires that we learn lessons from history, and ANZAC Day is a day to remember the lesson of Gallipoli.
The ANZAC soldiers travelled half the way around the globe to fight a battle to protect freedom, not understanding that the people they were fighting were also fighting to secure their own freedom. A horrific loss of life for both sides, with the Turks suffering twice the casualties as the ANZAC, and with all dying to protect the same thing- Freedom.
They were each fighting in honor of their sovereign and to protect their sovereignty. Understanding ANZAC Day requires an understanding of sovereignty. A sovereign country is defined as an independent self-governing country. It is a land that our own blood relatives sacrificed their lives to protect, so that we may enjoy our freedom. It is the land our ancestors lived and died on.
It is a place of the most sacred and hallowed ground, where our roots are laid, and have been for generations. It is more than a just a spot of land. It is where our soldiers are laid to eternal rest. It is the home of our forefathers and the home of our children. It is our culture and it is our history. It is our home.
It is in this context that the words of Atatürk bear deeper meaning. A true sovereign nation belongs to its people, and the people shall honor the home of their forefathers, their children, and the generations to come. 🌸 Lest we forget. 📸 @anchorestaurant