Sunday, April 25, 2010

ANZAC and Atatürk Memorial - Cam Theme - 53

ANZAC - Australia New Zealand Army Corps

Every year - on the 25th April, ANZAC Day is commemorated in many towns and cities.
At war Memorials, wreaths and red poppies have become a feature of these services.

poppies are a symbol of ANZAC commemoration

ANZAC commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey - on 25 April 1915 - as well as those who lost their lives during WWI.

Here in Wellington, on the south coast, is Ataturk Memorial Park - a conjuncture between three countries - to honour - and never forget ("Lest we forget")

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I had to get down quite low to the pebbled ground for this photo.

The Memorial comprises:
a marble crescent,
a bust of Atatürk,
and soil from Anzac Cove.

ANZAC Memorial - Wellington

This was unveiled on Anzac Day 1990.

from the website of Culture and Heritage:
" The Memorial is an outcome of an agreement between the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand governments. In 1984, Australia asked Turkey if the cove on the Gallipoli peninsula could be renamed Anzac Cove in memory of the Australian and New Zealand troops who died there in 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One. The Turkish Government agreed to change the cove's name from Ari Burnu and also built a large monument to all those who died in the campaign. In return, the Australian and New Zealand governments agreed to build monuments in Canberra and Wellington to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who served as a divisional commander at Gallipoli and went on to become the first president of modern Turkey".

" 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,
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries...
Wipe away your 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".  -  A tribute to the memory of the ANZAC's
by M. Kemal Atatürk, 1934
(Founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923)

quote by M. Kemal Atatürk, 1934
and, interestingly enough...

Beneath this star is placed a container of soil from Anzac Cove Gallipoli, Turkey.
Standing at the Ataturk Memorial Park

this is the view out on towards Tarakena Bay

and the car park on Moa Point road...

from Ataturk Memorial looking down on Moa Point road

The site for this Ataturk Memorial Park was chosen because the landscape here, resembles a striking likeness to the landscape of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Ataturk Memorial in Wellington NZ

standing at the base of the plaque that was laid on 26 April 1990

this is the view of the monument
sculpured portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The sculpured portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as part of the Memorial.

This, the man - who drew up the defence plans for the Gallipoli Peninsula,
using the Ottoman troops during World War I

and the man who went on to become the founder and the first president of modern Turkey

Standing at the plaque to Ataturk (in the photo below)

and looking right - this was the view...

view from Atatürk memorial over Cook Strait

This plaque at the Ataturk Memorial honouring Kemal Ataturk was unveiled
on 26 April 1990
ANZAC, Ataturk Memorial, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, transcript of plaque
 plaque at the Ataturk Memorial

It lies to the side of the actual memorial tower,

yet still forms part of it

To honour the memory of 
Defender of Gallipoli, Founder and first President of modern Turkey

This headland and adjacent foreshore was named
Ataturk Memorial Park by His Excellency Mr Vahit Halefoglu
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey
on 29 April 1985

The monument honouring Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
was unveiled by His Excellency Mr Lutfullah Kayalar
Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Turkey
on 26 April 1990"

entrance to Wellington harbour - as seen from Ataturk Memorial

Atop the Ataturk Memorial

looking towards Eastbourne in the distance

and the foreground showing Breaker Bay

with the smaller bays of Palmer, Reef, Flax  and Eve

Click on the label at the bottom of this post to see all photos in the series

 entrance to Wellington harbour

At the Ataturk Memorial -

on the ridge above Tarakena Bay -

the entrance to Wellington harbour
 looking NNE towards the inner Wellington harbour

walking behind the Ataturk Memorial I found these plants flowering
an interesting contrast to the solid structure of the Memorial

This is looking NNE towards the inner harbour
 rear view of the Ataturk Memorial

The rear view of the Ataturk Memorial -

looking south,

where it looks out over Cook Strait.
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