ANZAC DAY - Lest We Forget

22 April 2014

On 25 April 1915, eight months into the First World War, forces from New Zealand and Australia, fighting as part of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), landed on the shores of Gallipoli Peninsula.

Veterans wearing medals at the ANZAC dawn service.

ANZAC dawn service

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Anzac Day commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and honours returned servicemen and women.

Wellingtonians are invited to join in the Anzac Day commemorations on Friday.

The Anzac Dawn Service of Remembrance and Hope will begin with a Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, where we remember the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The parade will assemble at the junction of Bunny Street and Lambton Quay at 5.30am. Conducted by the Wellington Returned and Services Association (RSA) the march to the Cenotaph will be at 5.40am.

Following the service, the parade will march back up to Pipitea Marae where there will be refreshments and Anzac biscuits. A vigil will be mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by a New Zealand Defence Force Catafalque Guard from dawn to dusk.

Events for the rest of the day are:

  • 9am Parade forms up in Wellington Cathedral car park on Hill Street to march to the Cathedral of St Paul
  • 9.30am Citizens Service at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and address by the Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown
  • 10.15am Citizens wreath laying service at Cenotaph
  • 11am National Commemorative and Wreath Laying Service at Parliament Grounds
  • 2pm Wreath laying ceremony at the Atatũrk Memorial, Tarakena Bay
  • 2.30pm Organ recital by Timothy Hurd QSM, carillonist, at the National War Memorial
  • 6pm NZDF bugler playing the ‘Last Post’ at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Please note – no service will be held at the National War Memorial in Buckle Street this year because of the construction work going on to develop the new National War Memorial Park and traffic underpass. The park, which is the Government’s key First World War centenary project, will be the venue for the Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service next year. Anzac Day 2015 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

This year, our Anzac Day Concert, Songs from Times of War, is a musical tribute to the servicemen and women, families and workers of the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War. Featuring The Beat Girls and the Swing Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force this promises to be a memorable evening for everyone. Gold coin entry, 7pm at the Opera House.

In the event of wet weather, the parade will be cancelled and wreaths laid in the Cathedral. Cancellation will be advised over Radio Newstalk ZB.

For more detailed information, phone (04) 499 4444 or see:
Events - ANZAC Day 2014