By Richard Lawrence
The 103rd remembrance of the Gallipoli campaign was marked at the Canadian War Museum as ANZAC Day was commemorated on the 25th April, 2018. There was a huge turnout, from the High Commissioners from Australia and New Zealand, the Ambassador of Turkey, delegations from several other countries (UK, France, India, Greece, etc.), and from several other veterans organizations and defence industries (Lockheed Martin, a sponsor). Canada’s military had a good turnout with music provided by the Governor-General’s Foot Guards and the Army Voices Choir, Gen. Jonathan Vance providing the Canadian Response to the ANZAC Day Address, and attendance by other senior military appointments such as VAdm Ron Lloyd, Commander of the RCN, and LGen. Mike Hood, Commander of the RCAF. Other countries were very well represented by defence attachés and senior officials.
LCol. Kurt Brown opened the ceremonies with an accounting of how the landing at Gallipoli unfolded followed by a prayer and the ANZAC Day Address by Her Excellency Ms. Natasha Smith, Australian High Commissioner. Gen. Vance provided the Canadian Response after which, following a reading of “In Flanders Fields”, His Excellency Selçuk Ünal, Ambassador to Turkey, read Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s Memoriam. This was followed by hymns and readings and the final tribute, the laying of the wreaths. It should be noted that special mention was made of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who provided rear guard cover when the allies eventually abandoned their positions and sailed home.
Following the laying of the wreaths, the sentries retired, and everyone adjourned up to the main foyer for “morning tea” hosted by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners.
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