Far Away Home:
New Zealanders Share in Toronto’s Rich Diversity
By Michele Roger
“Honor. Remembrance. One hundred years ago, troops from Australia and New Zealand joined in the fight to take Gallipoli, Turkey in World War I. The Australian-New Zealand Army Corp or ANZACs are remembered for their service and ultimate sacrifice each year on Anzac Day in their own countries. For several New Zealanders living on the other side of the world in Toronto, the remembrance is even more bitter sweet. I had the honor of attending the Anzac Day ceremonies and dinner to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli hosted by none other than the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
My day begins at 4:30am. It’s still dark, and I’m dressed in boots and a goose down jacket that covers my knees. A friend has also loaned me a scarf, which I thought was unnecessary but am thankful for once I arrive at the military college. Several representatives give speeches about the death toll on both Turkish and Anzac sides. The ceremony quickly becomes less about statistics and more about the way any war touches families as the grandchildren and great grandchildren of soldiers lost in battle bring flowers to rest at the memorial. Some people in the crowd of three hundred attendees wipe tears, others listen to the personal stories shared by the master of ceremonies, Major Noel Young from the Australian Army. When the Consul-General from Turkey speaks, he offers a moving notion of peace; a promise to mothers and families of fallen Anzac soldiers lost or buried on the beaches of Gallipoli, “Your sons are now our sons, and we will care for them and protect their final resting place.” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.