What is ANZAC Day and How is it Celebrated in New Zealand?

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I.

In New Zealand, ANZAC Day is held on April 25 each year. It is a public holiday, and many people attend dawn services, which are held at war memorials across the country. The dawn service usually begins with a bugle call followed by a moment of silence to honor the fallen soldiers.

Later in the day, there are parades and ceremonies held in many towns and cities. These events usually involve the laying of wreaths and the playing of the Last Post, a bugle call traditionally played at military funerals.

ANZAC Day is also a time for reflection and remembrance. Many people wear red poppies, which are a symbol of remembrance, and visit the gravesites of family members who served in the military.

In addition to honoring those who served in World War I, ANZAC Day is also a time to remember those who have served in other conflicts, including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

ANZAC Day is an important part of New Zealand’s history and culture, and it is a time for people to come together and remember the sacrifices made by those who served their country.

Learn more:

Anzac Day [NZHistory]

Anzac Day resources [NZHistory]

Anzac Day [New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade]

ANZAC DAY [New Zealand Story]

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