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ANZAC Day is a time when the people of New Zealand – and Australia - remember and give thanks for those who have served with our armed forces.
In particular, it is a time to recall those soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Thousands of lives were lost in the campaign; Turkish, French, British, Australian and New Zealand casualties.
The emblem of ANZAC Day is the red poppy, taken from the red poppies that bloomed across the First World War battlefields of Flanders, symbolising remembrance for our war dead.
At the first ANZAC Day ceremony - in 1916 in Britain – two thousand Kiwi and Aussie troops marched through the London streets.
Today ANZAC Day is commemorated with ceremonies at war memorials across the country and in the places overseas where New Zealanders gather.
Each year in Marlborough dawn services are held at war memorials across the region with other services held during the course of the morning. This year the services will be at:
|Picton||6.00 am||War Memorial|
|Awatere||6.30 am||Seddon War Memorial|
|Spring Creek||9.30 am||Spring Creek Hall|
|Havelock||10.00 am||Town Hall|
|Rai Valley||11.00 am||War Memorial|
|Kaikoura||11.00 am||Memorial Hall|
|Blenheim||11.00 am||Blenheim School|