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Alexander Downer: Speech At Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service

This is the text of the speech given by Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Alexander DownerThis is a special time. The Dawn Service recalls that earlier dawn, eighty-six years ago, just as the first landings were made at Gallipoli, in the course of a bloody war that engulfed the world.

Gathered here today, to remember those who fought so gallantly on this fateful shore, are representatives from the countries of the soldiers who landed here – Britain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. And we have gathered here, in peace, with the representatives of former adversaries – Turkey and Germany – whose soldiers fought as courageously as their foes.

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