It’s been a while! I’ve missed quite a few weekly photo challenges and even one of my Five on 5 monthly challenges, but I’m back and hoping to get back into regularly taking and sharing my photos.
This week’s photo for the weekly photo challenge of Up, comes from looking up at the lovely autumn trees at the Dunedin Cenotaph. Today is ANZAC Day here in New Zealand, and also in Australia. It’s a day when we acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who gave their lives at war, and the contribution of all who have served and are serving our country. Services are held across the country and attended by many. I attended one at the soldiers grave in the nearby cemetery in the morning and one at Otago University in the afternoon. It’s a good day to remember those family members who I never met, but went off to war from our small country in the belief of the greater good.
At the University service Atatürk’s tribute was read, first in Turkish and then in English. This is a tribute that Atatürk wrote for the ANZACs killed at Gallipoli and is written on a memorial at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli (and on other memorials in NZ and Australia). Hearing this tribute read, made me think of the wonderful trip to Turkey and Gallipoli I made with my brother a few years ago. It was a sobering place to visit, but a trip that I would thoroughly recommend.
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 now here in this country of ours… you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway 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.
So today I post some photos from ANZAC Day in Dunedin along with my weekly challenge photo.
This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Up. Follow the link to find more images inspired by the theme Up.