Today marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli in the First World War. I never really knew where and what happened at this battle except that many Australian and New Zealanders were involved and there were heavy casualties.
It was believed that this offensive would shorten the First World War, but instead the Turks held the high ground and the allies were forced into retreat – but only after heavy losses.
it is also a time when many Armenian Christians were persecuted by Muslim Turkey – though Turkey would dispute this. It is claimed over 1.5 millions Armenian Christians were killed during this time.
These are all very painful memories for some – even though there cannot be anyone alive who remembers the events directly. It also reminds us that peace is so important in order that everyone can live lives that are fulfilling and prosperous and safe.
One this I did learn today is where the word ANZAC comes from… Australian and New Zealanders Army Corps. So now you know as well.