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.
Honor, Reflect, Remember
In 2021 not everyone will be able to gather nationwide or globally to mark the anniversary. However, no matter the circumstance or location on the 25th of April Kiwis around the world will honour, reflect and remember.
We will remember them.
How to Get Involved
- Join the #StandAtDawn campaign led by NZDF and RSA
- Attend an Anzac Day service or hold your own commemoration and #StandAtDawn, at the end of your driveway or wherever you feel most comfortable in marking this occasion on Sunday, 25 April
- Donate to the RSA the organisation that makes sure former service personnel and their families get the support they need
- Delve into NZHistory’s Anzac Day resources