Hi Touchdown Tours,
We are just back from our monumental and emotional journey to Gallipoli. All went really well today and the ferries across the Dardanel’s worked like a dream. We started our pilgrimage with a stop at the 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetary to hold our own private Cruise Express Service.
We were not aware that it was quite a climb to get there, but wheelchairs, walking stick and all we got there. The service was beautiful and everyone whole heartedly participated especially when we sang the National Anthem.
We laid a beautiful wreath. What a most moving and memorable ceremony, then to Lone Pine (which was a bit of a circus) but we still laid a wreath. From there to the Quinn’s Post for the third wreath, which was laid by 3 of our Ladies, honouring the nurses and women in the war.
Our 4 wreath went to the 57 Turkish Battalion and two of our young children laid the last wreath at a statue of the last Turkish Soldier with his Grand Daughter. The kids Jess and Ben both 13 or 14 or so read the speech from Attaturk which surely got a tear out of all of us.
The most rewarding thing for us was that every one sang our praises and thanked us, but what brought me down what when our very mature Guide Aydin came over to me to thank me for considering the Turkish Soldiers. I just feel like I want to have a big cry.
Its been an amazing day!! Thank you to everyone that helped to make this possible.
Cruise Express International