Why does Turkey allow ANZAC day celebrations?

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Why does Turkey allow Australians to celebrate ANZAC day on its territory?

Here is what the commander of the Turkish forces at Galipoli had to say about the fallen ANZACS;

“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 the 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.”

Pretty sure that answers your question.

Mark Peacock
Studied at Murdoch University

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Australians are being warned of the possibility of terror attacks in Turkey as Anzac Day approaches. File image. Source: AFP

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One response to “Why does Turkey allow ANZAC day celebrations?”

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    when I visited Canakkale ( Dardanel ) martyr’s memorial field about 7 years ago , I visited australian memorial cemetary as well. there was a note written by an australian visitor for their soldiers in the memorial book. I have written a note for this ” anzak visitors welcome here always as an tourist visitor . If you try again to come invasion ,our grandchildren shall burry you again as our boys laying down next to your grandfathers graves. “

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