Anzac Day commemoration centenary

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It’s a 100 years since the first Anzac Day services were held and big crowds turned out then and now.

“Those first services, which naturally looked back to the previous year’s Gallipoli campaign, helped distressed communities make sense of the conflict’s terrible toll,” says Paul James, chief executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The services a hundred years later are “a modern day expression of New Zealand’s commitment to remember everyone affected by war”, he says.

There were times in the 60s and 70s when it was thought Anzac Day might fade away but it’s now stronger than ever.

For the Gallipoli centenary last year hundreds of thousands turned out for services.

On Monday thousands will gather in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, at the Cenotaph at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a dawn service at 6am and a civic service at 11am.

In Wellington, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, opened in April 2015, will host a dawn service at 5.30am and national commemoration at 11am.

“Anzac Day commemorations from dawn to dusk last year saw Pukeahu packed with people reflecting on this significant day and I am sure this will be the same again this year,” Mr James said.

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, says its personnel will support more than 300 events in New Zealand on Anzac Day. […]

The RNZAF will conduct fly pasts – in Auckland a C-130 Hercules will fly past Auckland Cenotaph at the dawn service, and a P-3K2 Orion will fly past at a late morning service.

In Hamilton, an Orion will fly past the Hamilton First World War Memorial while two T-6C Texan aircraft will fly past the Palmerston North War Memorial and later at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

It’s the one day of the year that sleeping in isn’t an option.

Attend your local commemoration if you are at all able.

 

– NZN via Yahoo!


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