Participants once again were reminded of the unlikely victory of Turkish soldiers under the leadership of the young officer who later became known as Ataturk. The Guest speaker Prof. Dr. Kemal Ari Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, 9 Eylül University, İzmir-Turkeyis the director of the Ataturk Institute for the Modern Turkish History, at the “9 Eylul Universitesi” in Izmir, Turkey. ASA Executive Board Member Ilknur Boray made a presentation about the true story of two Battle of Dardanelles veterans; a Turkish soldier (her grandfather), and an Australian soldier who met as 17 year olds during the war in 1915, and reunited in 1973 after 58 years. The program was concluded with a reception.
On April 25, as in previous years, ASA Board and Members attended the ANZAC commemoration at the National Cathedral organized by the Australian and New Zealand embassies.