Home' Advance In Review : Advance in Review July 2014 Contents I have been very fortunate to have been a
part of the Anzac Day commemorations in
Gallipoli three times. Each time I return to
Turkey I am always struck by the way the
Turkish people embrace us and our New
Zealand counterparts. There is a genuine
kinship that exists between our countries
which continues to strengthen with time.
Just as the Gallipoli campaign was a pivotal
moment in defining our nation’s identity,
this too was the case for Turkey.
The man who successfully led the defence of
the Gallipoli Peninsula nearly one hundred
years ago, Mustafa Kemal, went on to
become an immortal hero to his people and
an extraordinary leader and peacemaker.
In 1923 when Turkey became a republic,
Kemal became Turkey’s first president.
During his fifteen year rule many sweeping
Imagine the sense of pride a parent
would experience watching their daughter
representing their country singing the
national anthem at the Gallipoli Anzac Day
Commemorations. Now, try to imagine
how the parents of our very own Corporal
Roxanne Moxham feel considering they have
not one, but two daughters that have done
just that on multiple occasions. We invited
Roxanne’s Mum to share her perspective
on what it is like to have two such gifted
I am writing this article on behalf of my
husband Ian and myself as the proud
parents of our two daughters currently
serving as Defence musicians. My youngest
daughter Corporal Roxanne (Dew) Moxham
is currently serving in the Air Force Band at
RAAF Base Williams and her elder sister
Corporal Simone (Dew) Cocks, is posted to
the Brisbane Army Band.
With Roxanne in her 19th year of service
and Simone her 24th, it has been a special
journey for us over this time to share in their
work at various community events ranging
from Defence ceremonies, celebrity charity
concerts on big stages such as Hamer
Hall and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and
much more. These wonderful musicians
play music across all genres, with stories
of official duty requirements such as
deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan all
thrown into the mix!
In 2012 Roxanne had the opportunity to
travel to Belgium with two Army and Navy
vocalists for the Anzac commemoration
services in the Flanders region, which
affected her deeply. In 2013 she was
fortunate enough to return there again
whilst, at the same time, Simone was in
Turkey for the Gallipoli and Lone Pine
Services. It was a proud time for us, with
them both in different places on the globe
for the same reasons.
Simone had previously participated in
the Anzac Service at Villers Bretonneux
twice, and at Gallipoli in 2005 for the 90th
Anniversary. In April this year Roxanne
travelled to Turkey for the Dawn Service at
Gallipoli and Lone Pine with the Air Force
Both girls share a great sense of pride in
their involvement in these very emotional
services, representing their country whilst
singing, what we proud Aussies call
“our song” - our national anthem.
Often, they are required to work
at very different times and hours
which can be hard managing family
life etc. (both are mothers to two
children), and help is needed from
“very willing grandparents”!
I overlook at times how special it
is for two sisters to have the same
careers within two respective bands
within the Australian Defence Force
(I guess there are not many who can
say they have two daughters who
have sung the Australian national
anthem at the MCG and the Gallipoli
Dawn Service!) ...perhaps our wish
would be to see them working
alongside each other at some time
- as one voice.
We as their parents are deeply
proud of their effort and dedication.
It is through them that we have
gained much knowledge, insight,
and respect for the emotion of these
Mrs Desma Dew
changes were introduced to the political,
legal and socioeconomic fields. Kemal said
in 1933, “I look to the world with an open
heart full of pure feelings and friendship”.
In 1934, he accepted the title “Ataturk”
(father of the Turks). In this same year
Ataturk wrote this tribute to the foreigners
that is buried on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost
their lives... You are now lying in the soil of
a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
and the Mehmets to us where they lie side
by side here in this country of ours... you,
the mothers, who sent their sons from far
away countries wipe away your tears; your
sons are now lying in our bosom and are in
peace. After having lost their lives on this
land they have become our sons as well.
It is apparent that these words resonated
with his nation, as that sentiment for our
fallen soldiers is still alive and strong in the
people of Turkey today.
Corporal Lee Gray
MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK MONUMENT
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Memorial - ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli. Photo by Corporal Ray Vance.
Corporal Roxanne Moxham sings the Australian National
Anthem during the 2014 Anzac Day memorial service at Lone
Pine. Photo by Corporal Matthew Bickerton.
Corporal Simone Dew (right) sings the Australian National Anthem during the 2012 Dawn Service, Gallipoli.
Photo by Leading Seaman Andrew Dakin.
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