25 Apr 2010

Thousands attend Gallipoli dawn service

10:03 pm on 25 April 2010

Thousands have attended the dawn service at Gallipoli in Turkey, 95 years after the first Anzacs landed there.

People lined the shores of Anzac Cove to commemorate the eight month battle in which around 11,000 Australian and New Zealand servicemen were killed reports the ABC.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who was at the Gallipoli service at Anzac Cove, said Anzac Day was an occasion to recognise serving defence personnel as well as the sacrifice of those who had died in war.

"Tragically, in just the last few hours we have been reminded of those sacrifices once again," he told the service.

Mr Key was referring to the deaths of three Royal New Zealand Air Force members, killed when their military helicopter crashed on the way to an Anzac Day service in Wellington.

The Iroquois was on its way from Ohakea Air Base to Wellington when it went down shortly before 6am in rugged terrain near Pukerua Bay, about 40km northeast of Wellington.

"This tragedy is a stark reminder that our service personnel still face great risks today as they serve their country."

Wreaths of remembrance were laid at the Anzac Cove memorial by Australia's Governor General Quentin Bryce, Mr Key and representatives from the governments of Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

The service ended with the singing of the Turkish, New Zealand and Australian national anthems.