Gallipoli commemoration under pandemic conditions

Turkish authorities have canceled large scale ceremonies to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the commencement of the land battles in Gallipoli, due to measures taken against the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead a major event, a small wreath laying ceremony was held at the Turkish Martyrs’ Memorial at the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula. The ceremony was attended by Orhan Tavlı, Governor of Çanakkale; Gen. Zekai Aksakallı, Commander of II Corps, İsmail Kaşdemir, Head of Gallipoli Historic Site, as well as a small number of mounted units. Prayers were made for the souls of the martyrs and gravestones were decorated with cloves.

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