M. Kemal Atatürk: The ANZAC Memorial

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International WWI Poetry Month

M. Kemal Atatürk was the first President of Turkey and a military officer during World War I. In 1934, Atatürk wrote a tribute to the ANZACs killed at Gallipoli 25 April 1915.

The ANZAC Memorial

M. Kemal Atatürk (Turkey, 1934)

Heroes who 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 Mehmets to us 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.
After having lost their lives on this land they have
become our sons as well.