Turkey yesterday on April 24 hosted world leaders to commemorate the centenary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli and today leaders and dignitaries led thousands at dawn ceremonies on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted leaders of the World War I Allies, including 21 heads of state, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, New Zealand Premier John Key, as well as the heir to the British throne Prince Charles and his son Harry.
Erdogan attended a ceremony at Martyrs' Memorial in Canakkale to mark April 24-25, which is known as Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died on Turkish soil.
Erdogan said, “Today I want to express my gratitude to those countries for sharing our messages of peace.” “The world really needs it (peace),” he added.
The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle in the Dardanelles Strait in Canakkale province's district of Gallipoli, which served as a turnaround in favor of the Turks fighting in World War I against the Allied Forces.
Thousands gathered on Gallipoli Peninsula on Saturday for an Anzac Day dawn service to mark the centenary of the landing of Allied troops.
Around 8,000 Australians and 2,000 New Zealanders, whose forebearers spearheaded the assault, made the trip to the former battlefields overlooking the Dardanelles Strait for the annual sunrise commemoration of the start of the disastrous eight-month campaign.
Most rose from their hotels at midnight to attend the one-hour service, held to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who fought and died.
Others had stayed out overnight at the commemoration site and, huddled in sleeping bags and blankets, waited quietly for the service to start as they watched footage and interviews on the military folly that ended with the deaths of around 44,000 Allied and 86,000 Ottoman troops.
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key was among those to address the crowd as the sun’s rays peaked across the Sea of Marmara.
"The campaign waged here ensured that the name of this place would be written into the histories of New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Turkey, and the many other countries that fought here -- never to be erased," he said.
You can watch the highly anticipated directorial debut from Russell Crowe up on the big outdoor screen for ANZAC Day; The Water Diviner.
An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.
Starring Crowe himself, Jai Courtney (Divergent), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Home and Away’s Isabel Lucas, Jacqueline McKenzie (Romper Stomper) and many more recognisable Aussie faces.