ANZAC Day 2017
Tuesday 25 April
Dawn Service – 6am
Civilian Service – 11am
Northern Parade Ground – National Army Museum Te Mata Toa, SH1, Waiouru
ANZAC Day will be commemorated at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa with two services on Tuesday 25 April 2017. The dawn service will be begin at 6am, while the civilian service will be held at 11am. Both services will be supported by military personnel from the nearby Waiouru Military Training Camp. At the conclusion of the dawn service, the Museum and Home Fires Cafe will open to the public at the special time of 7am. Use of general Museum services within the building is free however admission prices to the Museum’s galleries will still apply.
Additional Events and Activities
- Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War – free outdoor exhibition
- Going Underground: Tunnellers in WWI featuring photographs by Brett Killington and Tunnel Technology – latest exhibition
- Poppy Air Balloon Display
- Military vehicles from the Museum’s own collection on display
- Kidz HQ – an interactive educational space for children and families
- Animals at War Children’s Activity Trail
What is ANZAC Day?
ANZAC Day commemorates the date of the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula by Australian and New Zealand forces on 25 April 1915. The Gallipoli campaign lasted eight months in which New Zealand suffered heavy losses against Ottoman forces with 5212 wounded and 2779 deaths. When Allied troops were finally evacuated from the area on 15 – 20 December 1915, the contested territory at Gallipoli remained within Ottoman possession.
Gallipoli was the first major campaign with large casualties for New Zealand servicemen during WWI. The Gallipoli experience imbued the country with a sense of pride that our soldiers had fought hard under difficult conditions on the world stage. It is often seen as a key moment in the formation of New Zealand’s national identity.
For more than 100 years after it was first observed on 25 April 1916, the significance of ANZAC Day continues to evolve alongside each generation. As a national day of remembrance it is often seen as a time to honour our returned soldiers and to commemorate the lives of New Zealanders killed during periods of war and combat. Within a contemporary context, ANZAC Day is also seen as a time to reflect on war and peace, our country’s involvement in international conflict and our identity as New Zealanders.