Turkey Anzac 2
Ceremony to remember Anzac victims of World War One battle
Story No.: 372567
Dateline: Gallipoli - 25 April 2003
Date: 04/25/2003 04:00 AM
1. Pan from New Zealand flag to memorial with people at bottom
2. Statue of soldier and a Turkish flag
3. New Zealand Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright walks to podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dame Silvia Cartwright, New Zealand Governor-General
"To the dead and those being mourned, both yours and ours, we lament them and we farewell them."
5. Mid of soldiers looking on
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dame Silvia Cartwright, New Zealand Governor-General
"This part of Gallipoli peninsula will live forever in the hearts of New Zealand. This hilltop was the zenith of the Gallipoli campaign. It was here that our soldiers from New Zealand captured the height and, for a brief moment, could see the Dardanelles in the distance. It was a scene of profound drama and of tragedy."
7. Crowd of people seated, listening
8. Three women listening
9. New Zealand flag
10. Soldier with feather in hat blowing in wind
11. Cartwright and soldiers singing a Maori song
12. Girl singing along and videoing during song
13. Crowd during song
14. New Zealand's wreath laid at memorial by Cartwright as bagpipes play
15. Close up of wreath with ribbon reading "New Zealand", bagpipes playing
16. Various of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin laying wreath, bagpipes playing
17. Australian Treasurer, Honourable Peter Costello, laying wreath, bagpipes playing
18. Soldier with head bowed
19. Medium shot of all wreaths together
20. Planes in ceremonial formation flypast, planes pass memorial and statue of soldier in foreground, with AUDIO of New Zealand national anthem
21. Wide of ceremony, applause at end of anthem
22. New Zealand soldiers performing Haka, the traditional Maori battle dance, extended shot zooms slowly from wide to mid of one man
About seven-thousand people, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, prayed and sang hymns at Gallipoli in Turkey on Friday to commemorate a military campaign that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives during World War I.
The visitors came, despite security warnings amid the Iraq war, to honour the dead from the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), whose soldiers came ashore at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.
Australian Finance Minister Peter Costello and New Zealand Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright laid wreaths and paid tribute to the ANZAC soldiers.
Australian and New Zealand volunteers formed the backbone of the 200-thousand-man British-led army that landed on the Gallipoli peninsula, which juts into the Aegean Sea.
The unsuccessful campaign aimed to capture Istanbul, 270 kilometres (180 miles) to the north, knock the
German-allied Ottoman Empire out of the war and open the Turkish straits to Russia.
Turkish forces held off the Allies for more than eight months, driving them off their land.
A total of one (M) million men fought at Gallipoli.
The Allies recorded 55-thousand killed, ten-thousand missing and 21-thousand dead of disease, mainly dysentery.
Turkish casualties were estimated at 250-thousand.
Turkey insisted that participants in Friday's service would be safe, in spite of some concerns that Australia's participation in the US-led war against Iraq could make the military ceremony a target for retaliation.
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