Every year on the 25th of April we remember those who fought for our country. We especially remember those who died at war. This is our chance to say thankyou to these brave men and women who served our country. Many ceremonies are held all over the country.

National War Memorial

National War Memorial with the Dominion Museum and Art Gallery

The first ceremony held each ANZAC Day starts at dawn. This ceremony is held at the local war memorial. Anyone can come to a dawn ceremony, however the people who fought at the war are the special ones. People say prayers and sing songs to remember those who died at war. A special poem is always read out:

They shall not grow old, as we that left them grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

A soldier plays The Last Post on his bugle and then everyone is silent for a minute, thinking about those who bravely fought and died. The National Anthem is sung at the end of the ceremony.

Another ceremony held later that day is The ANZAC Parade. Soldiers who fought in the war wear their medals and march to the local war memorial. Other people are at the memorial too. People lay wreaths of flowers on the memorial. Someone important usually makes a speech about how important it is to remember those who died and how proud we are of our country.

A poster made for the first anniversary of ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day (April 25th) - The first anniversary.  Can we ever forget it? (20 April, 1916)


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