Anzac Day anniversary

ISTANBUL – Thousands of Australians are arriving in Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the Anzac Day landings of World War One.

Many will be crowding the bazaars and tourist attractions of Istanbul before heading west and then south to the remote Gallipoli peninsula for the dawn service on April 25.

These pilgrims are the lucky ones: 42,273 people applied in the ballot to decide who would receive the 8,120 tickets available.

Most attending are with tour groups and will go on to see Troy, Ephesus and other ancient wonders in this part of the world.

But the legends of places such as ancient Troy are completely overshadowed — for now at least — by the deeds of the 60,000 brave Australians who fought at Gallipoli over the eight months of the campaign.

After visiting sites etched into Australia’s collective memory – Lone Pine, The Nek, Anzac Cove — the lucky ones will gather, with about 2,000 New Zealanders for the dawn service.

Numbers at Gallipoli have been higher in previous years but authorities imposed a cap for the centenary.

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