Tannum Sands State High teacher Jodi Pallett attended the Anzac Centenary event at Gallipoli, chosen as a winner of the Premier's Prize.
Tannum Sands State High teacher Jodi Pallett attended the Anzac Centenary event at Gallipoli, chosen as a winner of the Premier's Prize. Contributed

Your Story: Amazing time spending Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Tannum Sands State High School teacher Jodi Pallett shares her experiences of spending Anzac Day in Gallipoli:

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ANZAC Day was truly an amazing experience.

We were one of the last groups to enter Anzac Cove. I was amazed by the atmosphere when we arrived. 

Over 10, 000 people were there silently reflecting on the Anzac stories being presented on the big screens.

The pre-service presentations were significantly different to the presentations back in 2000 (when I visited Gallipoli on a holiday).

Back then there was a sense of excitement and celebration, however, this time it was clearly one of reflection and reverence.

The highlights of the service for me were the didgeridoo performance which was just haunting, lighting effects on the sea, the arrival of the Turkish frigates which appeared on the horizon during Prince Charles' speech, and the Australian and New Zealand people.

It felt like you were amongst family.

Between the services, everyone would chat, share stories and swap momentos.

Thank you for shedding a few tears with me.



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