Travel Tales

25 Jan

Why every Antipodean should visit Gallipoli on ANZAC Day

It’s almost that time of year again for everyone to wear the red poppy. The reason we wear the red poppy? These flowers grew on the battlefields after World War I ended and is now used as a symbol of commemoration.

ANZAC Day, which falls on the 25th April each year, is a day which is very important for a lot of Aussie and Kiwis. It is a day of remembrance for the soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915.

Here are just a few reasons why you should visit Gallipoli on ANZAC Day.

1. You get to sleep under the stars 

If you take an ANZAC Tour you will get the privilege of staying overnight in the ceremony area and will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the atmosphere and place – This makes it an experience within itself and a once in a life time opportunity. Waking up before the break of dawn and watching the sun rise over the battlefield, we remember the soldiers who lost their lives all those years ago. With an airy feeling and a place that is so full of history, this experience will shape you, move you and stay with you forever.

2. It’s a touching experience

For all of us antipodeans ANZAC Day has always been a part of our classroom history lessons and most of us have attended the  yearly dawn service parades in our local towns. The feeling we all get is overwhelming and it is such a significant part of New Zealand and Australian history. When you actually get to experience ANZAC Day in Gallipoli, it’s a complete different ball game. With thousands of people pilgrimaging to the exact same location for the exact same reason, it truly is a powerful and moving experience that leaves you speechless and perhaps, emotional.

3. You’ll get a better understanding of what ANZAC Day actually means

We all know what ANZAC Day means and represents. But, do you really know the full history of what happened and why it is such a significant day? Take in the Gallipoli Dawn Service and all of its emotions and unforgettable memories. Discover Gallipoli itself through a guided tour which provides you with all of the key points where history unfolds, visits to the cemeteries, battlefields and memorials including Lone Pine(for the Aussies), and Chunuk Bair (for the Kiwis). This is all mind-boggling and will take you sometime to get your head around the fact of what happened, and the fact that it actually did happen!

4. To keep the significance of ANZAC strong 

This year marks the 101st anniversary of ANZAC Day and as the years move on, we need to continue to acknowledge this historical day. Now protected as a Turkish national park, Gallipoli is a place that will forever hold a large piece of history for the Aussie and Kiwis. ANZAC Day is a day that reminds us of the bravery and heroic actions that our brave soldiers took resulting in massive loss of life. Today, ANZAC defines our nations’ identities and these should not be forgotten.

Lest We Forget.

Interested? Our ANZAC Day Tours range from 2-12 days duration and start at £161 per person.

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