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Anzac Day - Stand At Dawn

Honour. Reflect. Remember.

This Anzac Day the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) are encouraging people – no matter their circumstance or location – to honour, reflect and remember.

How to get involved

We encourage you to commemorate the spirit of Anzac Day in a way that suits you, your whānau and your community:
  • Attend an Anzac Day service or hold your own commemoration and Stand At Dawn, at the end of your driveway or wherever you feel most comfortable in marking this occasion on Sunday, 25 April. View the list of services on the RSA website.
  • Follow our Event on Facebook by clicking here.
  • Display your community spirit by decorating your letterbox, fence or front window with poppies, wreaths or Anzac-related artwork.
  • Make some Anzac biscuits to enjoy while researching your family military history. 
  • Download our resources (more will be added as they become available):

Virtual service

This will be available soon.

The history

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey.

For eight long months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces desperately fighting to protect their homeland.

By the time the campaign ended, more than 130,000 men had died: at least 87,000 Ottoman soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 8700 Australians. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a sixth of all those who had landed on the peninsula.
In the wider story of the First World War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark. The number of dead, although horrific, pales in comparison with the death toll in France and Belgium during the war. However, for New Zealand, along with Australia and Turkey, the Gallipoli campaign is often claimed to have played an important part in fostering a sense of national identity.

Useful links:
Statistical information about New Zealand casualties in overseas wars is here (mch.govt.nz).

Anzac Day vs ANZAC Day

You should use the term 'ANZAC' with all capitals only when referring specifically to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which was the name given to the military formation to which the New Zealand troops at Gallipoli were attached.

For all other uses 'Anzac’ should be used, including Anzac Day and reference to the “Anzacs”.
Historically, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was an acronym devised by Major General William Birdwood's staff in Cairo in early 1915. It was used for registering correspondence for the new corps and a rubber stamp was cut using the letters A.& N.Z.A.C.

After the landing at Gallipoli, General Birdwood requested that the position held by the Australians and New Zealanders on the peninsula be called 'Anzac' to distinguish it from the British position at Helles. Permission was also sought to name the little bay, where the majority of the corps had come ashore on 25 April 1915, as ‘Anzac Cove'.

Find out more about the use of the word ‘Anzac’ guidelines on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.

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And adding the Hashtags below in your posts so we can share them too.
  • ​StandAtDawn
  • ​AnzacDay 
Please note that, by:
  • posting images on our public Facebook page event
  • emailing colina@rsa.org.nz or socialmedia@nzdf.mil.nz
  • ​posting images and tagging us by our username @NZDefenceForce on Instagram or Twitter or,
  • ​posting images and using the #StandAtDawn hashtag

You grant the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA) and the  New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) permission to share your images via our website, social media accounts and on occasion via other marketing activity.

If your photo is used by the RNZRSA and the NZDF in any way, your username or Instagram/Twitter handle will always be credited and, where we wish to use it for marketing purposes, we will attempt to contact you beforehand to confirm and get your approval on the nature of that usage.

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Other ways to help

The RSA Poppy Appeal has been a New Zealand institution since 1922, it is New Zealand’s longest running charity street appeal. This year the appeal is being held on Friday 16 April, the week before Anzac Day.

The RSA uses funds raised through the Poppy Appeal to support current and former servicemen and women of all ages and all service backgrounds. RSA support is available to people who have served operationally in places like Vietnam, Bosnia, East Timor and Afghanistan – as well as personnel who haven’t deployed overseas.

When you donate through the Give a Little donation page you will receive a virtual poppy to add to your favourite device or social media platform

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RSA & NZDF present...

Anzac Day is one of the most important national occasions for both Australians and New Zealanders. In 2020, for the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Even though public Anzac Services are unable to go ahead, it does not mean that the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel should be cancelled too.

The RSA and New Zealand Defence Force would like you to join us to remember those who given their lives for our country. This is a time 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.

Although Dawn Service in New Zealand has now passed you can still commemorate and remember. Whether you are planning to conduct your own Anzac Service at home, or you are located in another part of the world and would like to run observe Anzac Day abroad – you can.
Radio New Zealand has made available the Dawn Service broadcast on-demand. Thank you to Radio New Zealand for making this available so we can honour our heroes.

Please watch the video below. The Dawn Service includes….

  • The Last Post
  • Ode of Remembrance in Te Reo & English 
  • National Anthems
  • Address by Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence / Minister for Veterans
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A message from
HE Ahmet Ergin, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey 

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Get the family involved in Stand At Dawn Activities

With children at home due to the lockdown restrictions, keep their minds ticking with these Anzac themed crafts & activities. The perfect combination of entertainment & historical education. Want to get right into the spirit of commemoration, enter our “Decorate your Letterbox” competition and be in to win some RSA themed prizes! Competitions, not your thing? We’ve got the perfect Anzac Biscuit recipe from nanny’s secret cookbook! There’s something for everyone from Poppy making to virtual lay a Poppy. Have a go and tag us in your efforts @rsa_national and @NZ Defence Force with the hashtag #standatdawn.

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The poppy has, for a long time, been the international symbol to remember and honour those who have served and sacrificed so much for our nation and way of life. Wearing a poppy is a way to signify your respect, acknowledge our history, appreciate the efforts of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and women of our armed forces and the freedom they fought to preserve for us and the generations to come.
Unfortunately, this year we are not able to provide the traditional RSA Poppy to wear, due to the lockdown restrictions. In place of this, we have created a ‘virtual poppy’ to proudly wear on your social media profile. All we ask is that you donate at “Givealittle” to assist current and former serving personnel and their families and to assist the amazing work that is done every day. Then download your profile frame and show your support. Don’t let COVID-19 impact your ability to support our service people for 2020. Click the link below to donate & show your support. The RNZRSA and service personnel; past, present & future thank you again for your ongoing support. Apart, but together as one.

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