Sunday, April 27, 2014

anzac in nyc

/ anzac memorial garden at rockefeller center /

anzac day, april 25th, is a widely celebrated day of commemorating a ww1 campaign fought in gallipoli (turkey) where many australian and new zealand soldiers died (amongst many others, of course). dawn services are the most common, but we didn't get tickets to the dawn service held in downtown manhattan; however, reuben was successful in getting tickets to a pretty stunning service held in rockefeller center. on the 7th floor of the british empire building, there is an anzac memorial garden with views down 5th avenue and across to st. patrick's cathedral (currently under construction).

/ by the reflecting pool /


not only was the day gorgeous, but the service was lovely, with expats and representatives of all sorts, including the consul-generals of australia and new zealand. after the service, we were treated with refreshments from dub pies, including anzac biscuits and lamingtons (oh, if only there were pies!). this service really got us both very much looking forward to visiting turkey next year for the centenary anniversary of the gallipoli campaign.


/ st. patrick's under construction /

"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 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." -mustafa kemal ataturk

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