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April 25th, 2007 – by: Browntown
The dawn service began just around 5.30am which funnily enough was just as the sun was raising it's sleepy head. Due to the layout of the area, most people had to watch the service on the big screens which wasn't bad but it would have been nicer to actually see the guards performing their tasks of raising the flags and the various ceremonial marches.
It was all over by 6.30 and as it was still very cold we just laid back down in our sleeping bags while people around us were packing up and leaving to go to the Australian service at Lone Pine. After a little while we did the same, but headed off towards the bus to drop off our gear thinking the bus was only a short walk away.
Eventually we made it to Lone Pine and found ourselves a seat in the stands. The service was similar to the earlier dawn service but this time more focused on Australian stories and even included some war poetry which were quite funny. Yet again, hearing the national anthem and Last Call was very moving.
It was a fair walk to the other services and they started immediately after the Aussie one meaning we'd arrive near the end so we decided not to give it a miss and stay at Lone Pine. We had a look inside the chapel which is only open on ANZAC day. On the way out we were asked about the origins of the flag by a local soldier. As thanks they offered to have photos with us so Craig and Mish had their photo taken with a General.
Mid afternoon we boarded the coach and headed back to Istanbul.
Back in the hotel a few of us met downstairs in the bar to try and catch some cricket. Unfortunately it wasn't shown on any of the available channels so we ended up listening to it over the internet. After a few beers we called it a night.
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