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A poignant and respectful event for Anzac Day
April 25th marks 100 years since the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps landed at Gallipoli in Western Turkey. Their ill-fated expedition - alongside British, French and Indian troops - into the Ottoman Empire was a strategic failure, but it has become synonymous with the brave human sacrifice and poignant tragedy of World War I.
The day has since become known as Anzac Day; a day set aside to honour not only those who laid down their lives on the Dardenelles coastline in those few months in 1915 and 1916, but also all those Australian and New Zealander soldiers who have sacrificed so much in subsequent conflicts.
As always, such an occasion poses problems for parents, and the 100th anniversary of such a sombre day is no different. We want to pass on the gravity and importance of a day like Anzac Day to our next generation, yet we also fear it could be lost on them, that they are too young to appreciate the enormity of what the day stands for.
This is why an event like Camp Gallipoli is so valuable. From April 24th to the 25th, venues across Australia and New Zealand will host an Anzac-themed two-day event, featuring a reconstruction of an Anzac camp as well as a number of activities aimed at educating young and old about the Anzac tradition, as well as commemorating the sacrifice of those who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
In Sydney, Camp Gallipoli will be held at Centennial Park, and will include film screenings, informative talks and performances, as well as a live video feed to the commemorations taking place at Anzac Cove in modern day Turkey.
Visitors will be able to camp out under the stars and experience a small taste of what life was like for an Anzac trooper. It's sure to be an eye-opening and poignant experience, and one which will keep the Anzac flame burning in the hearts of the next generation.
Tickets cost between $78.50 to $89.72. Doors open at 3pm on April 24th.