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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anzac Day – Lest we Forget

Anzac Day – 25th April – is observed in New Zealand (and Australia) as a day to remember those who died in service of their country, and to honour returned servicemen and women.  25th April is the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915. 

The tiny settlement of Tinui in the Wairarapa held the very first Anzac Day service in 1916.  The observance is now held at towns and cities throughout the country.   Instead of fading away as the years go by, interest is growing as more and more people become  involved.  The Dawn Service is the most popular of the Anzac Day Services, with many young families attending.

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning – we will remember them”.

Old Photos with Poppy

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