Australians Outraged As Lone Pine Ceremony At Gallipoli Axed

13/02/2016 6:33 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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A woman visits graveyards as thousands of Australian gather to commemorate their grand fathers at the Lone Pine in Gallipoli, Turkey, Friday, April 25, 2014. The World War I battlefield of the Gallipoli campaign, where throngs gather each April to remember the fallen, is a place of lore, an echo of ancient warfare on the same soil. On the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, thousands of people from Australia, New Zealand, England and Turkey gathered to remember the World War I campaign that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The annual Anzac Day ceremony remembers the forces of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps under British command who fought a bloody nine-month battle against Turkish forces on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The axing of future Anzac Day ceremonies at Lone Pine in Gallipoli was "sacrilege" to veterans, deeply disappointing to war widows, and a move which Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said would outrage all Australians.

"To scrap it would be a sacrilege," said Barney Flanagan, the president of the RSL sub-branch in Chatswood. "Lone Pine is Anzac. Together with Anzac Cove, the landing at Gallipoli, Lone Pine is part of the tradition."

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