Emotional trek to Anzac Cove
By Patrizia Reimer email@example.com NOTHING can explain the feeling of standing at the spot where your own father once fought, but for Ballina woman Joy Cran it was very emotional. Joy has just returned from a pilgrimage to Gallipoli, where she and nine other locals spent Anzac Day. She said the experience was overwhelming. At a get-together at the Ballina RSL Club, which organised the tour, she said she was glad she finally went to Anzac Cove. "It's hard to describe; it's overpowering," she said. "I cried harder when I got home and sat down and thought about it. It was very sad, but I'm glad I did it." Joy, Marcia Bourne and Shirley Oag all had fathers who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Channel 7 followed their journey to that fateful site and documented their reactions. Shirley is still overseas travelling, but Marcia, Joy and three others who made the journey watched the footage for the first time last week. Sniffles could be heard during the screening as the ladies remembered all the emotions of the dawn service and the wonderful Turkish reception they received. "This Turkish man was standing there and I said my father fought at Gallipoli," Marcia said. "He put his hand on my shoulders and then put his arms right around me. He couldn't speak much English and he was trying to describe how all the Australians and Turks get on now." Judy Reinhardt went on the tour with her husband, sister and mother, Margaret Leadbeatter, and said it was something worth doing once in your life. "I found it to be an emotional site because you could see the ruggedness of the landscape, the physical conditions those soldiers would have encountered," she said.