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Tony Abbott

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott says people journey to Gallipoli, year after year, to honour the soldiers who died for their countries.

"It is 100 years since Australians and New Zealanders splashed out of the sea right here.

"So now we gather in the cold and dark before dawn wondering what to say and how to honour those whose bones rest in the hills and the valleys of others and whose spirit has moved our people for a century."

Mr Abbott said the soldiers who fought in Gallipoli became the founding heroes of modern Australia.

The survivors of Gallipoli went on to become some of the world's greatest soldiers, he said.

"Ordinary men did extraordinary things. They lived with death and dined with disease because that was where their duty lay.

"If they were not still emblematic of the nation we think we are, none of us would be here. But like every generation since, we are here on Gallipoli because we believe that the Anzacs represented Australia at our best."

Mr Abbot said the Anzac soldiers served an example for everyone in modern Australia.

"So much has changed in 100 years but not the things that really matter. Duty, selflessness, moral courage - always these remain the mar of a decent human being. They did their duty now let us do ours."

An inspired and original interactive community art installation, The Giant Poppy, has been completed in the Auckland Domain for ANZAC Day with the laying of 59,000 red metal poppy petals (honouring those wounded and killed in WW1) which include 25,000 personal messages from Aucklanders who have visited the Domain or online donations from New Zealanders all over the country and the world. - NZH

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