The Lone Pine Australian National Ceremony
Lone Pine is a place of miserable sacrifice. 8,000 Australian and Turkish soldiers were casulaties in days of bitter hand to hand fighting that took place in an area no bigger than 2 tennis courts.
It is now a vast communal grave.
Upon its bloody soil stands the Lone Pine monument to those who have no known graves. My Great Uncle is listed among the missing...........
LCpl Robert Dendtler, buried at sea from the HMHS Gascon on 16 May 1915.
On this spot the Australian National Ceremony is held at 10.30am on the 25th of April each year.
Separate ceremonies are held elsewhere for other nations.
With thousands in attendance a solemn ceremony of rememberance is held for Australians lost in the campaign. A moving and sad ceremony. the over-whelming feeling is of grief.
It is a sad thing to do but you feel good for having done it. it is the least you can do.