The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will lead Australia’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine during an official visit to the Republic of Turkey from 3 to 8 August.
Lone Pine was one of a series of actions fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the August Offensive on Gallipoli. The fighting there lasted four days and resulted in over 2,000 Australian casualties. Of the nine Victoria Crosses awarded to Australian troops during the Gallipoli campaign, seven were for actions in the bloody fighting at Lone Pine.
On 6 August, in recognition of the close friendship that exists between Australia and Turkey, the Governor-General and Australia’s four living Victoria Cross recipients will pay their respects at the graves of the Turkish 57th Regiment soldiers who fought at Lone Pine, before attending an Indigenous ‘Bringing their Spirits Home’ ceremony and the main Battle of Lone Pine centenary commemoration.
On 8 August at Chunuk Bair, the Governor-General will join the Governor-General of New Zealand to honour the New Zealanders who fought and fell on the Gallipoli peninsula.
As part of the wider official visit to the Republic of Turkey, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove will visit Ankara and meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and lay a wreath at the Ataturk Mausoleum. In Istanbul, the Governor-General will attend the world premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony and meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Details of media opportunities during the official program:
TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST – ANKARA
10:30 am - Attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Ataturk Mausoleum, Anitkabir.
11:30 am - Meeting with the Honourable Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, at Ҫankaya Palace.
1:00 pm - Attend a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace.
1:15 pm - Meeting with His Excellency Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, at the Presidential Palace.
2:00 pm - Attend a lunch hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Mrs Erdoğan, at the Presidential Palace.
TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST – ISTANBUL
7:30 pm - Attend a reception to launch the world premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony, followed by the performance at Hagia Irene Concert Hall
WEDNESDAY, 5 AUGUST - ISTANBUL
11:00 am - Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Greek Patriarch, at the Patriarchal Church of St George.
THURSDAY, 6 AUGUST – GALLIPOLI PENINSULA
9:45 am - Wreath laying at the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial.
10:10 am - Visit to The Nek and Walker’s Ridge.
11:00 am - Attend a ‘Bringing their Spirits Home’ ceremony, at the ANZAC Commemorative Site.
12:00 pm - Attend a lunch with Indigenous service personnel, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Department of Veterans’ Affairs personnel, at the Commonwealth War Graves Cottages.
1:30 pm - Visits to Alcitepe Lookout and Redoubt Cemetery.
4:15 pm - Arrive at the Lone Pine Memorial and engage with visitors.
4:50 pm - Attend a service to commemorate the century of the Battle of Lone Pine, at the Australian Lone Pine Memorial.
8:00 pm - Host a dinner reception at the Kolin Hotel, Ҫanakkale.
FRIDAY, 7 AUGUST – GALLIPOLI PENINSULA
Afternoon – Visit to the Canakkale Naval Museum.
SATURDAY, 8 AUGUST – GALLIPOLI PENINSULA
Morning - Visit to the Eceabat Medical Centre.
12:10 pm – Visits to Hill 60 and Sulva Bay.
1:30 pm - Attend a lunch hosted by the Governor of Ҫanakkale, at Maydos Restaurant, Eceabat.
5:00 pm - Attend a New Zealand commemorative service at Chunuk Bair.