ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
A couple of days after the landing on the 25th April 1915 the weather turned bitterly cold for the ANZACs dug in at Gallipoli. Having been blessed with the weather so far, the battlefield tour received a good dose of what it would have been like for the diggers in 1915.
Most of us on the tour agree that we have just spent the coldest night of our lives camped out for the Dawn Service! We left the hotel at 12 am in order to arrive at ANZAC Cove ahead of the pack and reserve some seats for the service which was to start at 4:30 am. As the temperature at ANZAC Cove was forecast to fall to -3 degrees we dressed like "Michelin men". When we arrived we realised that the pack were already there ahead of us and it was a struggle to get seats. Although in the end we all managed to find seating amongst the 12,000 strong crowd. Several of us managed to squeeze in with the large contingent who had been camping out on the grounds for several hours ahead of us. Those who did this all agreed that they had made the right choice as there is warmth in numbers.
The Gallipoli Dawn Service was very beautiful and deeply moving. We watched the sun light up ANZAC Cove and the Sphinx behind us as we commemorated the thousands who lost their lives on both sides in the Gallipoli campaign and all soldiers who have died in subsequent wars.
Following the Dawn Service we walked for about a kilometre up Artillery Road to Lone Pine for the Australian service.