ANZAC Day is observed in New Zealand as a day of commemoration for those who have died in the service of their country and to honour returned and service men and women.
It is held on 25 April each year which is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915. The first commemorative service was held on 25 April 1916 in remembrance of the 2,721 New Zealand soldiers who died during the eight month Gallipoli campaign. Since 1916 the ceremony has evolved to the observance we know today and acknowledges the sacrifice and service of subsequent wars and deployments of armed conflict which our service people have endured while serving their country.
In Porirua, commemorative services begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel at each of the RSA's to a local war memorial, where they are joined in the service by members of the community for the Dawn Service. Further services are conducted for members of the community to join in the commemorations mid morning. The timings and locations of each of these services are published annually in the local Kapi-Mana newspaper.
Our Peace Memorial was recently upgraded and used for the first time on ANZAC Day 2018.
This memorial includes:
The new memorial wall carries the names of those lost in the Boer War, First and Second World Wars and the Far East Wars and there are plaques acknowledging the people lost in the New Zealand Wars and as peace givers or peace keepers.
The RSA is fundraised to cover the cost of the statues and the plaques.
Here's a photo of the floral tributes laid on the day.
The usual services as published in the latest Kapi-Mana News are listed below:
Porirua City Civic Service
The Civic Service is held at the Peace Memorial on Te Rauparaha Park at 9.00am. All welcome.
A service is held at the Pukerua Bay Community hall at 11.00 am followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Whenua Tapu Cemetery at 12.00 noon.
A Dawn Service is held (please assemble at 6.20 am at the Titahi Bay Convenience Store, Corner Main Road and Dimock Street). For the civic service please assemble at 10.15 am at the RSA Main Road, for a march to the Whitehouse Road Cenotaph for wreath laying at 10.30am.
A memorial service is held in St Albans Church, Pāuatahanui, commencing at 10.15am. After the service the wreath laying is conducted at the War Memorial in Pāuatahanui.
A service is held at the Takapūwāhia Marae commencing at 10.30am.
A dawn service is held at the RSA, McKillop Street commencing at 6.00am.
A service is held at St Mary’s Church, Whitby, commencing at 10.30am.