ULTIQA Resorts would like to take a moment to thank, honor and recognise the efforts and contributions of all military veterans and current members who have served our country.
When The First World War broke out many Australians entered it welcoming the coming conflict. It was seen as a test to our young nationhood, a chance to prove ourselves on the world stage. Nearly all of the enlisted men were civilians not a year before landing at Gallipoli.
Many of these men made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and it was probably put best by Sir William Deane the former Governor-General of Australia
“ANZAC is not merely about loss. It is about courage and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour, and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”
Most Australians have held these ideas through their lives and have worn it as a badge, close to their heart, to remember those who fought and died so that we may live in the peace we do today in Australia. Every year on the 25th of April ANZAC day is held across the country and is one of the most important national commemorations to all Australians and New Zealanders who have served, fought and died in our armed forces.
These men are remembered through the Dawn Services and ANZAC day Parades held throughout the country both by their families and everyday Australians.
The commander of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, had this to say in 1934
“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 where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
So every year we commemorate ANZAC day in the hopes that the nation will never have to make such sacrifices again.