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Anzac Day 2020

The Anzac spirit has taught Kiwis many things; endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship. In unprecedented times like these, we look to these qualities to unite us all.  

Anzac Day

Is a national commemoration observed on April 25 each year. It’s a day of remembrance for the fallen of all wars and acknowledges the sacrifice of returned and current servicemen and women, past and present.

It specifically marks the anniversary of the landing of the first Australian and New Zealand soldiers, the Anzacs (Anzac is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey in 1915. Gallipoli was the site of New Zealand’s first major battle of World War One with the tragic loss of over 8,700 Australian and 2,700 New Zealand soldiers' lives.

A Brief History of Anzac Day

New Zealanders have marked the landings at Gallipoli since news of the event first reached our shores. Over time there have been changes in the way that Anzac Day is commemorated, reflecting the changing features and concerns of New Zealand society. Today, Anzac Day promotes a sense of unity and is a time for the nation to pay respect and acknowledge the many thousands of our military people who are serving or have served, who are called upon to support New Zealand in times of war, conflict, and disasters.

Apart, But Together As One

This year will be the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders are not able to gather nationwide or globally to mark the anniversary.

However, Kiwis around the world are uniting and coming together in innovative ways to mark Anzac Day from within their bubbles.

Together, at 6am on 25th April 2020, we will #StandAtDawn – apart, but together as one.

We will remember them.

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