Ataturk–the dashing, courageous, handsome Father of Turkey. National hero propelled from a back-water position in the Army to prominence by his leadership at Gallipoli. In 1934, statesman, first President of the newly formed Turkey, and diplomat, Ataturk made the following speech at Gallipoli: “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us, where they lie, side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosum and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.” Such compassion, such forgivenesss.

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