Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of WWI battle
NZ Justice Minister Amy Adams and Australia's foreign minister have joined hundreds of people on the former battlefields of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli, to remember those killed there.
It is the 102nd anniversary of the start of the ill-fated campaign.
The solemn ceremony kicked off at dawn Tuesday under tight security following a series of attacks and bombings that have plagued Turkey.
In a press release, Adams said she was honoured to be in Gallipoli.
"On this day, one hundred and two years ago, the first troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps began landing here.
"On a cold, brisk morning, much like this one, brave soldiers, filled with anxiety and facing the unknown, landed here on these shores to serve King and country.
"With bare grit and unquestionable courage, they arrived, boots first and friends close behind. And for the next eight months, amid searing heat and bitter cold, rife disease and the carnage of war, they fought an impossible battle."
The war took a horrific toll, she continued.
"Here amongst the horrors of Gallipoli – more than 17,000 New Zealand soldiers fought, and 2700 died. Close to 5000 were wounded.
"Over 26,000 Australians suffered at our side."
On April 25, 1915, the troops first landed at dawn on the Gallipoli peninsula under British command in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.
More than 44,000 Allied soldiers were killed in the battle. Turkish casualties were estimated at 250,000.
"As dawn breaks, we pay tribute to the courage, sacrifice, and loss of those who have served our country," Adams said in a press release.
"To the Anzacs who lie asleep in these hills, we salute you.
"Thank you for your sacrifice.
"Rest in peace, our brave sons.
"You live on, in us."