Solicitor attends Gallipoli service
NEARLY 100 years after Anzac troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Ipswich man Kevin Steed will gladly brave below-zero temperatures for hours on end to be part of the annual vigil at Anzac Cove.
Mr Steed, a partner at McNamara and Associates Solicitors in North Ipswich, is among 30 people who will be supporting the Anzac Day services at Gallipoli.
As one of the Conservation Volunteers who assist in the running of the official ceremony he will welcome visitors, provide information and information kits and assist special needs pilgrims to the site.
The volunteers will be working from 9am on April 24 non-stop until close to 2pm on the 25th, but Mr Steed is not complaining.
"It's a chance to not just to go to Anzac Cove but to be involved in the ceremony itself," Mr Steed said.
"That's going to be really special. To not just be there but to be a part of the Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli."
Mr Steed said he had a long interest in Australian military history, having previously visited other significant battle sites.
"I've already done Kokoda, so this will be really special as well," he said.
"I've always loved our military history and this is just a great chance to see Anzac Cove and pay my respects.
"It's going to be a very humbling experience. We seem to be acknowledging more and more these days the sacrifices the Diggers made."
Mr Steed said the volunteers will spend five days preparing on the Peninsula before the main ceremony.
Through these days Mr Steed said he will take part in tours of the Lone Pine, the Nek, Walkers Ridge, Quinn's Post, Shrapnel Valley and Anzac Cove battle sites.
A further tour for the volunteers will be held across the Dardanelles to the ancient city of Troy and Canakkale and to visit the site of the First World War Turkish gun batteries used against the Allies.
The Conservation Volunteers are run by the Australian and New Zealand departments of Veterans Affairs.