The Premier's Anzac Prize winners will fly from Istanbul to Brussels today and tour the sights of Brussels, including the Royal Palace, Atomium, Manneken Pis and Grand Place.
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Reflections on the Ari Burnu Service and Anzac Cove
April Faith Howells and Elly Domrow
Today was a day of solemn reflection as we commemorated various soldiers from not only World War I, but also other wars and peacekeeping missions. We attended the Lone Pine Memorial and the Ari Burnu Memorial to commemorate soldiers from not only our allocated soldiers, but soldiers from our families as well.
The day began with us meeting in the foyer for an eight o'clock start where we would head straight to Lone Pine Cemetery. We started by wandering around the cemetery and observing the head stones, then a few people dispersed and began their soldier commemorations. Everywhere we looked there was at least someone in tears because the quality of the eulogies was incredible. One of the soldiers buried there was only 14 when he died, and another was just 16. To hear some of the stories of these young soldiers laying down their lives for us really makes us appreciate what we have today. We then laid wreaths and crosses on behalf of some of the students' schools and took a group photo.
We then headed off to Ari Burnu Cemetery to commemorate our soldiers that are either buried there or who fought in other wars or peacekeeping missions. We started with a service with Theo as the main speaker, the choir and Emma and Nicole as the wreath layers. I'm sure we can say on behalf of all of the students and chaperones that we all felt honoured to be able to commemorate the soldiers from other wars and missions at Ari Burnu and Anzac Cove and lay a wreath for them.
We then moved on to the 40 individual commemorations. From there we went down to the beach and most of us sat on the beach, some of us took the opportunity to take some artistic photos, but most importantly we all remembered the soldiers we had just commemorated. It was then time to throw the capsule into the water, the capsule containing bits and pieces found in the areas of the wars other than WW1.
It was then time for a 5 hour drive back to Istanbul where loud renditions of our favourite songs were sung, and of course for a few hours we slept.
We have most certainly appreciated our time here in Turkey, as well as having the opportunity to learn about various aspects of World War I. Consequently, we would like to say an enormous thank you to all who have made our time in Turkey possible. We are all very excited to travel to Brussels tomorrow and subsequently visit locations along the Western Front, as well as commemorate and listen to the stories of various servicemen and women.
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