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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

101st Anniversary of the end of Gallipoli Campaign Commemorated

Sir Angus Huston AK AFC, Ms Natalie Suleyman MP and Lee Tarlamis, our President as the Shrine Sanctuary. Photo Jim Claven 2016
Yesterday - 20th December - the Friends of Gallipoli Inc (FOGI) held its annual commemorative service marking the withdrawal of Anzac forces from the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915.
The key organiser of the event is Dr John Basarin OAM, a published author and historian of the Gallipoli campaign.
As with previous years, an invitation was extended to the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee to take part in this commemoration. Myself and our President, Lee Tarlamis, laid a wreath as part of the ceremony.
The event was attended by Sir Angus Huston, AK, AFC, who was a key supporter in the erection of the Australian Turkish Friendship Memorial.
The service commenced at the Memorial with its annual award to an individual who made a significant contribution to Australian and Turkish friendship. This year's winner was Sir Angus Huston AK AFC. The presentation is photographed above.
Also in attendance was Ms Natalie Suleyman MP, representing the Premier of Victoria, along with other State and Federal MP's. Mr Ersel Ozdemir, the Consul-General of the Republic of Turkey was also in attendance. Both Ms Suleyman, Mr Ozdemir and Sir Angus Huston addressed the main service within the Sanctuary of the Shrine of Remembrance.
The service concluded with the reading of the Ode by Mr John Cullen OAM representing the RSL Victoria.
Below are photos of the service taken by myself:
FOGI is "a non-political, non-religious, not for profit organisation established to assist, facilitate and undertake cultural and educational projects, including student exchange, to enhance friendship between Australia and Turkey, which has its roots in the tragic Gallipoli campaign of 1915."
You can find out more about FOGI at its website -
Their major activity has been to erect the Australian Turkey Friendship Memorial at the Domain, near the Shrine of Remembrance.
Dr John Basarin and other members of FOGI have been supporters of our own Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Memorial in Albert Park.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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