ANZAC DAY AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
25 APRIL 2015
On a beautiful sunny day, over 400 people gathered in this centenary year to commemorate the events of 1915. Many of the members of G&DI were present.
The Standard of Gallipoli & Dardanelles International led the procession into the Chapel and afterwards to the Memorial. During the service a message was read from H.M. The Queen. President John Crowe explained the significance of the Centenary and asked the congregation to remember the casualties from all the countries involved in the campaign. G&DI member Mrs Servet Hassan read the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Turkish followed by Mrs Sue Plant in English.
The service ended with Lucy Ward singing ‘The Band Played Watzing Matilda’ by Eric Bogle. Following the service many wreaths were laid amongst them, one for G&DI by President John Crowe. There were representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Officers and men from the Royal Yeomanry (TA) Squadron, Nottingham and the Royal Corps of Transport Veterans were present as well.
G&DI wish to thank Mr Nadir Imamoglu the creator of the Gallipoli Memorial , Mr Roger and Mrs Jan Pepper for inviting us to be involved. The Standard Bearer Ms Beth Slade did us proud at the ceremony.
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