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Program 3.2: Gallipoli-related Activities

Description

Coordinate and manage the delivery of annual commemorative and related activities at Gallipoli.

Delivery

  • Planning for and conduct of annual Anzac Day and commemorative services and management of related reviews and research.

Activities

A major commemorative service was planned to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine in Turkey on 6 August 2016. Following the attempted coup in Turkey in late July 2016, the Turkish Government requested that this service not continue. A simple and dignified wreath-laying was conducted by the Australian Ambassador to Turkey, His Excellency Mr James Larsen, on the anniversary of the battle.

Despite security concerns, DVA conducted solemn and dignified commemorative services to mark the 102nd anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli. Some 1,008 visitors attended the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 25 April 2017. The ABC televised the service for viewers in Australia and other countries. Later in the morning of 25 April, an Australian Memorial Service was held at Lone Pine Cemetery, attended by 706 people.

The services in Turkey were attended by the Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP; the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO CSC; and the New Zealand Minister of Justice, the Hon Amy Adams MP.

The Turkish Government provided extensive and significant support to the commemorations in 2017, including an enlarged security presence and enhanced screening processes to ensure the safety of visitors to the services. In addition, Turkish medical and first aid services were on hand at all the sites. The Australian Government is very grateful for the assistance and support provided by our Turkish hosts.

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