On Tuesday 25th April this annual remembrance service commenced at 12noon in the Chapel, at the National Memorial Arboretum, near Birmingham UK.
During the service, the President of Gallipoli & Dardanelles International, John Crowe, addressed the congregation. He explained G&DI’s aims and objectives of ‘Remembrance’ ‘Friendship’ and ‘Education,’ . He also emphasised the importance of friendship with the Turkish Association ‘Gelibolu Dernegi’.
He thanked Nadir Imamoglu, for organising these services every year.
Tim Pepper read Ataturk’s, now famous words, of peace and reconciliation.
After the service the congregation led by the Standard of G&DI proceeded to the
Gallipoli Memorial (designed and created by Mr Nadir Imamoglu).
A brief service then followed during which wreaths were laid including one from G&DI laid by Margaret Tinsley, an Australian, and member of G&DI.
When this moving event was completed all returned to the Arboretum for light refreshments and to share stories of remembrance.
wo new members joined G&DI as a result of the President’s address.
Lest we forget.