Thousands of Anzacs commemorate fallen soldiers with Dawn Service

ÇANAKKALE (CIHAN)- Australian and New Zealanders gathered at Anzac Bay to commemorate fallen soldiers at 99 th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli with Dawn Service.

The service was attended by thousands of people including New Zealander Governor Jeryy Mateparae and Australian Minister for Veteran Affairs Michael Ronaldson and Çanakkale Deputy Governor Huseyin Kulözu.

Most of the Anzacs slept outside until the ceremony began at 5:30 a.m.

The Çanakkale Campaign, also known as the Gallipoli Campaign, took place on GallIpoli Peninsula from April 1915 to January 1916 during World War I. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. The ANZACs formed the backbone of a 200,000-man, British-led army that landed at Gallipoli.

SOURCE: CIHAN