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The Pine Tree at Lone Pine, Gallipoli

April 25th 2011 00:46
... and some trees have great significance ...

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The Lone Pine at Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli
This tree has become the symbol of Australian Nationhood.

Over the years dozens of seedlings originating from the first Lone Pine, have been planted throughout Australia.
We visited this place on 24th April, 2009, and it was abuzz with activity as people prepared for the Anzac Day Service to be held the next day.
Despite the activity, wandering around the cemetery and standing quietly in front of the Memorial was a moving and memorable experience.

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Anzac Day Service at Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial, Gallipoli

The Lone Pine Cemetery marks the place where the attack on the Turkish Lone Pine position took place in 1915.
We attended the Service held here on 25th April, 2009, after the dawn service at Anzac Cove. Despite the crowd it was a moving and memorable experience.

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Wreaths laid at the Australian War Memorial during the Anzac Day Service,2009, Lone Pine, Gallipoli

Every soldier who served at Gallipoli knew Plateau 400 or ‘Lone Pine’, the scene of some of the fiercest hand-to-hand combat by Australians in the First World War.

Lone Pine was a heavily fortified Turkish trench position, identified by a solitary pine tree. The Lone Pine was the name given to this solitary tree, which marked the ‘Battle of Lone Pine’ in 1915.

The original Lone Pine was the sole survivor of a group of trees that had been cut down by Turkish Soldiers who had used the timber and branches to cover their trenches during battle. The tree was obliterated during battle.

After the capture of the Lone Pine Ridge an Australian soldier who had taken part in the attack, in which his brother was killed, found a cone on one of the branches used by the Turks to cover their trenches, and sent it to his mother. From seed shed by it she raised a tree and presented it to be planted in the Australian War Memorial grounds in honour of her own and others’ sons who fell at Lone Pine.

On Anzac Day (25th April) every year a Dawn Service is held overlooking Anzac Cove. People (mainly) from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand gather each year to remember and honour the sacrifices of the soldiers who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula during the First World War and to pay their respects to service men and women who have served and continue to serve their countries.
After the Dawn Service the crowd disperses to attend Memorial Services which are held later in the day at Lone Pine (Australia), Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) and The Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial Park (Turkey).

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Chunuk Bair Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Written on the Memorial is the following inscription:
" In Honour of the Soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 8th August, 1915.
'From the uttermost ends of the earth' "

The Battle of Chunuk Bair was a World War I battle fought between the Ottoman defenders and troops of New Zealand and Britain. A Memorial Service remembering all New Zealand troops who fought and died is held at this Memorial every Anzac Day.

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Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial Park, Gallipoli, Turkey.

The 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial is a Turkish war memorial commemorating the men of the Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment who died during the Battle of Gallipoli.

References: Wikipedia, Legacy, Australian War Memorial
Photographs taken by Glenys Deutscher

*** peace, peace - may their sacrifice still, yet, not be in vain ***


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