glyph 354: Mustafa Kemal, Atatürk . Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Britain ... war . victory . magnanimity, peace ... leadership, wisdom, vision
Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, was a commander in the Turkish victory over British, Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915.
In 1934 Atatürk wrote a tribute to the ANZACs killed at Gallipoli:
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 Mehmets to us
where they lie side by side 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.
This inscription appears on the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, ANZAC Parade, Canberra, Australia.
the Memorial (photo)
October 6, 2006; edited/updated October 10, 2016