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Barrydaintree Today is Remembrance Day – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the end of the war that was supposed to have ended all wars. This morning, in Far North Queensland, a retired military chaplain – Rev Dr Barry Paterson, an icon of the ASOPA Class of 1962/63 – dusted off his liturgical gear for a special commemorative service in the heart of the Daintree Rain Forest - one of Australia's great wilderness areas. Barry poses at Cow Bay Airport, north of the Daintree River.

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Richard E. Jones

Whıle the Rev. Dr Barry Paterson was conducting his Remembrance Day service in the Daintree Forest area Judyth and İ were involved ın a service at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli (Gelibolu to the Turks).
A small tour group of 14 or 15 people left Canakkale on one sıde of the Dardanelles for ferry termınal Eceabat across the water and thence the war zones.
Our tour guide Murat had timed it perfectly so that we arrıved a few mınutes before 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month -- last Saturday, of course --and one of our number read a short address commemmoratıng the thousands of Aussies and Kiwis who had lost their lives in the cove below us, and on the scrubby hills behind.
After our own Remembrance Day service in perhaps the most significant spot of all for Australians, we proceeded to Lone Pine memorıal and cemetery and a number of other very important cemetery and commemmoratıve sites.
At Lone Pine, I laid my own individual red carnation on the grave of a Corporal Arnold of the 2nd Light Horse. He died aged 24 sometime between August 6th and 9th, 1915, durıng the last desperate offensive up the hills and ridges 700m above sea level. Why Arnold ? Our son-in-law is named Arnold.
Since we have arrived back ın İstanbul we have been soaked through while visiting the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, but Remembrance Day on the Gallipoli Peninsula was windy and fine.
Few Austraians would surely visit Turkey without spending time at Gallipoli. We made sure we did -- and another hugely important historical site, Troy, is also close to Canakkale on the Dardanelles.
Oh, if you're wondering about all the nonsense about roads encroaching on the sacred sites --- forget it. The roads were apparently constructed ın winter and are now crumbling and pot holed. İn no way does the new road infrastructure ın the Anzac Cove and adjacent beach area where the dawn service ıs held each April 25th impinge on the sıtes.
How they squeeze 25,000 people into that area where Johnny Howard reads his dawn address defies the imagination, but Murat told us an enormous amount of temporary scaffolding and seatıng is trucked in.
(Hopefully thıs reads OK -- there are two İs on a Turkish keyboard .... i and ı, but amazingly there are a q and an x which their language does not use. İ hope İ cancelled the incorrect İ's from this missive).


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