The Caribou Monument, built by Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government, was inaugurated at the Gallipoli Historical Site in Çanakkale.
In his speech at the ceremony, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said, “In today's world, we see that communication in the cultural field is one of the most effective ways to strengthen the ties between countries.” said.
At the ceremony, Minister Ersoy said that there was an unprecedented struggle in world history in the Dardanelles Wars, which was the turning point of the First World War, and that many countries suffered military losses in these lands where the struggle for independence was fought.
Stating that soldiers from Newfoundland also lost their lives in the Dardanelles Wars, Ersoy stated that they gathered for the opening of the Caribou Monument, which was built by Canada in memory of them.
Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, said, “Mothers who sent their children from distant lands to war, calm your tears. Your children are in our bosom. They are at peace and will sleep peacefully. After they gave their lives on this land, they became our children now.” Reminding his promise, Ersoy stated that these statements are also essential for them.
Noting that he wholeheartedly believes that the Caribou Monument and the monument to the martyrs of Çanakkale, which will be opened in Canada soon, will contribute to the people of the two countries getting to know their past closely and looking to the future in peace and friendship, Ersoy said, “In today's world, communication in the cultural field is one of the most effective ways to strengthen the ties between countries. we see that. Cultural communication creates a platform for world peace by bringing nations closer to each other through peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.” he said.
Ersoy added that they are ready to do whatever it takes to improve the relations between Turkey and Canada.
Andrew Furey, Prime Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Lawrence Archibald MacAulay, Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs, also addressed the participants.
After the speeches, the national anthems of Turkey and Canada were played by the Royal Canadian Regiment Band.
A wreath was laid at the monument, which was opened by Ersoy, Furey and MacAulay.
Minister Ersoy and the foreign delegation then left flowers at Hill 10 Monument and Cemetery.
Ministers, deputies and provincial representatives from Canada, as well as Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Özgül Özkan Yavuz, Çanakkale Governor İlhami Aktaş, Gallipoli 2nd Corps Commander Major General Rasim Yaldız, Çanakkale Strait and Garrison Commander Rear Admiral Mustafa Turhan Ecevit, Çanakkale Wars and Gallipoli The Chairman of the Historical Site İsmail Kaşdemir and the members of the protocol attended.