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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Monash staff experiences 100 years of ANZAC

The harsh terrain that our soldiers
 had to traverse while under fire

Having recently returned from Gallipoli, Chris Kelly from the Faculty Research Office writes about attending the dawn service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings at ANZAC Cove.

My husband and I were lucky enough to have had the chance to attend the dawn ceremony at ANZAC Cove and to take part in remembering our fallen soldiers, as well as those who participated and survived.

We were led by an expert war historian from the Australian War Memorial who walked with us through the tracks that Sir John Monash took during his time as a military commander in Gallipoli. The experience not only highlighted the bravery and strength of the ANZAC soldiers but it also showed us how highly regarded Sir John Monash was as a soldier himself.

Though some believe the commemoration to be glorifying war, I felt that it was an important show of respect for those who gave their lives. Lest we forget.

Looking down from Plugge's Plateau to Monash Gully,
where Sir John Monash was under constant fire. 

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