Nearly 20,000 scouts march for fallen soldiers of Çanakkale War
About 20,000 Turkish young scouts and students marched on Friday along a 10-kilometer-long trail blazed by the soldiers of the 57th Infantry Regiment of the Turkish army during the Gallipoli (Dardanelles) Campaign, commemorating their forefathers with a ceremony held in front of the Conkbayırı Mustafa Kemal Monument in Çanakkale to mark the 99th anniversary of the campaign.

A troop of young scouts and university students reenacted the march of the 57th Infantry Regiment from the village of Bigalı towards Conbayırı -- the site of a battle won by the Turks -- 99 years ago. The march of 57th Regiment stared 99 years ago with an order from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the commander of the 57th Infantry Regiment in the Gallipoli Campaign. He told his troops: "I'm not ordering you to fight. I am ordering you to die."

Minister of Youth and Sports Akif Çağatay Kılıç was among those marching towards Conbayırı, where a large-scale commemoration ceremony was held for the fallen soldiers of the battle. During the ceremony, participants were given wheat soup, the last meal given to the 57th Regiment, who all died during the battle.

Nearly 20,000 people -- including 6,500 scouts, 7,500 university students from various parts of Turkey, 4,000 students from military high schools and a number of local people -- stayed at an outside camp established at the 18th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Command on the night of April 24 and started to march with the first light of the morning. The marching scouts and students wore t-shirts reading "My grandfather [forefathers], I have come" and many of them waved Turkish flags.

In addition to Kılıç, 1st Army Cdr. Gen. Ahmet Turmuş, Gallipoli 2nd Corps Cdr. Lt. Gen Yıldırım Güvenç, 18th Armored Brigade Cdr. Brig. Gen. Ferhat Özgen, many other commissioned officers and students of various military high schools also participated the three-hour-long march. During the ceremony held in front of the Conkbayırı Mustafa Kemal Monument following the march, participants laid a large wreath in front of the monument. Atatürk's "Address to Turkish Youth," a patriotic speech calling on young people to protect their country at all costs, was also read during the ceremony. The ceremony finished with a concert by a military band.

The campaign took place on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula from April 1915 to January 1916, during World War I. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of İstanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops formed the backbone of a 200,000-man British-led army that landed at Gallipoli. The attempt failed, and saw heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. Nearly 1 million soldiers fought in the trenches at Gallipoli. The allies recorded 55,000 killed in fighting, with 10,000 missing and 21,000 deaths from disease. Turkish casualties were estimated at around 250,000. (Cihan/Today's Zaman)


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Soup is being distributed to children
Var of filling soup to glasses
Reciting prayer call
Youngsters are waiting for pray
Youth and Sport Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç is distributing soup
Kılıç listening Quran
Youngsters are performing pray
Var of explanations of Akif Çağatay Kılıç
March is take start
Var of figurative cavaliers
An injured soldiers is being figuratively cured by the youngsters
Walking youngsters
March is ending
Marchers is laying wreath to memorial monument
Var of speech of Kılıç

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