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Photos: Remembering Gallipoli on the 100th Anniversary of the Invasion

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Old photographs of Australian soldiers are projected onto an office building alongside a bronze statue at the Cenotaph war memorial on ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day in Sydney April 25, 2015. Jason Reed/Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands turned out across Australia on Saturday morning for dawn services commemorating the 100th anniversary of the doomed WW1 campaign at Gallipoli, an event viewed by many as the nation's foundational myth.

2015-04-24T202359Z_1202968410_GF10000071826_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY-AUSTRALIA An Australian Army bugler plays the 'Last Post' during the dawn of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day 100th anniversary commemoration at Sydney's Cenotaph in Australia, April 25, 2015. Jason Reed/Reuters

The battle on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula was one of the bloodiest of the Great War, as thousands of soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were cut down by machinegun and artillery fire as they struggled ashore on a narrow beach.

2015-04-24T202404Z_1628458648_GF10000071821_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY-AUSTRALIA Various branches of New Zealand's defence force salute alongside an Australian honour guard member (L) during the dawn of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day 100th anniversary commemoration at Sydney's Cenotaph in Australia, April 25, 2015. Jason Reed/Reuters

The fighting would eventually claim more than 130,000 lives, 87,000 of them on the Ottoman side, before the Turks finally repulsed the poorly-planned Allied campaign.

2015-04-24T164509Z_1129535815_GF10000071553_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY-AUSTRALIA The outline of an Australian soldier in front of a cross is projected onto an office building alongside two bronze statues at the Cenotaph war memorial on ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day in Sydney April 25, 2015. Jason Reed/Reuters

The national day of remembrance began before dawn with a service at theAustralian War Memorial in Canberra, as Able Seaman Boatswain’s MateAlan Patterson from the Royal Australian Navy playing a dirge on the Didgeridoo in the cold early darkness.

2015-04-24T153346Z_322995204_LR2EB4O177ZXX_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Planes fly over the Canakkale Matyrs' Memorial during a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli April 24, 2015. Osman Orsal/Reuters

Chaplain Group Captain Peter Friend followed a hymn with a reading in remembrance of Australia's veterans.

2015-04-24T153315Z_1553492322_LR2EB4O1774XV_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Planes fly over the Canakkale Matyrs' Memorial during a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli April 24, 2015. Osman Orsal/Reuters

"We who are gathered here today in this dawn vigil remember with gratitude the men and women who have given, and are still giving, in our armed and supporting services, all that is theirs to give, in order that the world may be a nobler place in which to live," he said.

2015-04-24T155212Z_799068663_LR2EB4O182QY1_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY The shadow of Britain's Prince Harry is seen on the wall of Cape Helles British Memorial before a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli April 24, 2015. Umit Bektas/Reuters

"And with them, we remember those left behind to bear the sorrow of their loss."

2015-04-24T152746Z_558743696_LR2EB4O16XZXN_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Britain's Prince Harry attends a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in front of the Canakkale Matyrs' Memorial in Gallipoli April 24, 2015. Osman Orsal/Reuters

In Sydney, tens of thousands turned out on Martin Place, and military bagpipers played just blocks from where a gunman and two of his hostages were killed last year when police stormed a cafe to end a deadly hostage siege.

2015-04-24T142915Z_1_LYNXMPEB3N0O3_RTROPTP_4_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Britain's Prince Charles walks in front of the Turkish Memorial before a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli April 24, 2015. Osman Orsal/Reuters

Gallipoli has become a site of pilgrimage for visitors who honor their nations' fallen in graveyards halfway around the world on ANZAC Day every April 25.

2015-04-24T122523Z_1071352583_LR2EB4O0YHZV9_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Turkish soldiers wearing traditional uniforms ride in front of Cape Helles British Memorial before a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli April 24, 2015. Umit Bektas/Reuters

Thousands of Australians, New Zealanders and Turks gathered there to mark the anniversary amid heightened security.

2015-04-24T004138Z_169354121_GF10000070771_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Chief Cenotaph Attendant Wal Scott-Smith raises the Australian flag alongside the Cenotaph War Memorial in Sydney on the eve of ANZAC day, April 24, 2015. Jason Reed/Reuters

Last week more than 200 police were involved in a series of raids in the Australian city of Melbourne that led to the arrest of five teens alleged to have been plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack on events to mark the centenary.

2015-04-23T165344Z_1146432667_GF10000070286_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Visitors walk on the edge of Turkish bastion of Yahya Cavus over looking the V-Beach British cemetery in Gallipoli. Osman Orsal/Reuters

2015-04-23T193148Z_263060193_GF10000070435_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY A Turkish memorial is seen on the hills overlooking the Canakkale straits. Osman Orsal/Reuters

2015-04-23T151832Z_333666567_GF10000070087_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Visitors from Australia looks at the tombstones of Australian soldiers at the Ariburnu Memorial in Anzac Cove in Gallipoli April 23, 2015. Umit Bektas/Reuters

2015-04-23T130121Z_108853822_GF10000069979_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Australian visitors stand at the Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, where the first battle of the Gallipoli campaign was fought ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli April 23, 2015. Osman Orsal/Reuters

2015-04-23T130120Z_1284690968_GF10000069978_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-GALLIPOLI-ANNIVERSARY Osman Orsal/Reutesr

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