Anzac Day

Dawn services around the country saw record numbers of attendees as the significance of the centenary anniversary gave people an added reason to leave their warm beds at an early hour to attend services.

The largest crowd in the country attended the 76th annual Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

– as reported by New Zealand Herald today –

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Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The word Anzac is part of the culture of New Zealanders and Australians. People talk about the ‘spirit of Anzac’; there are Anzac biscuits, and rugby or rugby league teams from the two countries play an Anzac Day test. The word conjures up a shared heritage of two nations, but it also has a specific meaning.

Anzac biscuits and tea will be handed out to large crowd expected to attend Anzac commemorations in Wellington. 20,000 Anzac biscuits and tea will be handed out to large crowd expected to attend Anzac commemorations in Wellington.  Photo credit Fairfax NZ

Anzac is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.  Today, the word was used to describe all Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought on…

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