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April 25, 2013 / A Mindful Traveler

Lovingkindness In Honor of ANZAC Day

Today is ANZAC Day, which commemorates the April 25, 1925 landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula.  The day remains deeply significant for Australians, New Zealanders, and also the Turks who ultimately repelled the invaders.  Although Gallipoli was among the most brutal battles in the bloodiest war the world had ever seen, the opposing soldiers apparently treated each other with great respect.  I can think of no more sincere expression of lovingkindness for former adversaries than this speech that Atatürk gave in 1934, which is recorded on a monument near the battlefield.

Atatürk's words at Gallipoli

Atatürk’s words at Gallipoli (click on the image to enlarge it)

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