|Sir Angus Huston AK AFC, Ms Natalie Suleyman MP and Lee Tarlamis, our President as the Shrine Sanctuary. Photo Jim Claven 2016|
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.
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:
You can find out more about FOGI at its website - www.friendsofgallpoli.org.
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.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee