Cold experience at Anzac service
EXPERIENCING the coldest weather she had ever encountered opened Gemma Donaldson’s eyes to what the Anzacs in Gallipoli went through.
The Gladstone resident went to Turkey in 2008 to fulfil a lifelong dream of participating in an Anzac Day dawn service and stood on the ground where many Australian and New Zealand men fought and died more than 80 years earlier.
“It was the coldest I’ve ever been in my life,” Ms Donaldson said.
“I just kept thinking, being so cold for one night, that it was nothing compared to what the 17-year-old guys went through.”
Ms Donaldson attended the dawn service at Anzac Cove, trekked up the hill for the Lone Pine Service, and then did tours of the grave sites.
“It gives you goose bumps reading the gravestones,” she said.
There are at least three Gladstone residents in Turkey, preparing to endure the same experience.