Experience I will never forget

Jacobi Kohu Morris
Jacobi Kohu Morris
Logan Park High School pupil and Youth Ambassador Jacobi Kohu Morris attended Saturday's Anzac Day ceremony in Gallipoli. He recounts for Otago Daily Times readers his impressions of the event, which he viewed from an unexpected VIP seat.

As New Zealanders we all paid our respects to those who fought for us 100 years ago. Everybody there felt the privilege it was to be there.

People were filing in from about 4pm on the 24th to get the prime positions, right up until about 1am of the 25th.

People of all three nations, New Zealand, Australia and Turkey, came together to remember our fallen but also to celebrate peace.

It was wonderful to see that Anzacs and Turks, adversaries here 100 years ago, are now friends.

This was symbolised by the three flags flying high next to each other at the Anzac Commemorative Site.

For some reason we (a bunch of teenagers) happened to be sitting in the VIP section, so we got an awesome view of the speakers, including Prince Charles and the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia; and also of the many warships sailing past Anzac Cove.

It was a really moving two-day experience, one I will never forget.

I feel so lucky I was able to be one of 10,000 New Zealanders and Australians at the centenary when 40,000 missed out. It will be an experience that will stay with me over my life.

If they get the chance, all New Zealanders should make sure they visit the peninsula. You can't understand what the campaign was actually like until you go there, until you walk up Rhododendron Ridge and sit in the trenches, or stand

at the top of Chunuk Bair looking over the peninsula.

The Chunuk Bair ceremony was all about New Zealand. It was awesome.

As Youth Ambassadors we entertained the crowds to the old classics like Whakaaria Mai and Welcome Home.

When the royals arrived, the crowds were ecstatic and I even managed to get within a metre of Prince Charles!

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