As ANZAC day approaches Australians are being warned to think twice about travelling to Gallipoli to pay their respects to our fallen soldiers.
Thousands of Aussies planning to visit the famous site for the dawn service are being urged to reconsider their travel plans over fears of a terrorist attack occurring in the region.
The warning has come as a huge blow to many who were hoping to make the trip to honour our brave servicemen and women and has prompted some to question whether we should let terrorists scare us away from doing what we want.
The federal government has told people to “reconsider their need to travel” to Turkey in the wake of a spate of recent terrorist attacks in the country.
There are fears the service at Gallipoli could become the target of an attack and that anyone travelling through Turkey’s capital Istanbul could get caught up in the danger.
Following the warning, many people have come out to say they won’t let the fear of an attack keep them away.
Europe has already seen a decline in tourism due to fears of a terrorist attack in the region, with recent events in Brussels only adding to the issue.
Experts have repeatedly said that giving into the fear is exactly what terrorists want, and say although people need to exercise caution in particular areas they shouldn’t let the fear of an attack keep them from doing what they want.
Rod White, president of the New South Wales branch of the RSL, has urged people to heed the government’s advice due to the high degree of danger around the issue, but steered clear of warning people off all together.
“If the federal government is going to conduct a dawn service at Gallipoli, then that should give you the lead of whether you should go there,” he told SMH.
“Unless the government says don’t go to Gallipoli, then plan your trip, but be sensible about it.
“The RSL encourages veterans and the broader community to at least monitor the federal government advice on the current assessment of any particular country, particularly if you’re making a pilgrimage associated with our military heritage.”