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 here.
  • 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):
  • We have developed a DIY Commemorations toolkit to help RSA's and people at home to plan their own commemorative events. Click here for these resources.
  • The graphic resources can be found at this Dropbox

Virtual service

  • Ode of Remembrance - English / Te Reo
  • ​New Zealand and Australian National anthem
  • ​Last Post, 1-minute silence, Reveille (enables someone to speak The Ode)
  • ​Download the files or the full Dropbox here. We have developed the DIY Commemorations toolkit to help RSA's and people at home to plan their own commemorative events. For all the resources click here.

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.

Share with us

Share your photos with us by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using
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.

 Join our Facebook Event

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

Enter your email & mobile number to receive updates, Anzac Day notifications and much more...


*

(Optional but highly recommended) Select Your Country Code and Enter Your Mobile Phone Number To Receive a Text Alert Reminder 15 Minutes Before the Event Starts

Want to sign up using Facebook? Click the link below

 Visit the RSA Website

 Visit the NZDF Website

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 here.
  • 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):
  • We have developed a DIY Commemorations toolkit to help RSA's and people at home to plan their own commemorative events. Click here for these resources.
  • ​The graphic resources can be found at this Dropbox. 

Virtual service

  • Ode of Remembrance - English / Te Reo
  • ​New Zealand and Australian National anthem
  • ​Last Post, 1-minute silence, Reveille (enables someone to speak The Ode)
  • Download the files or the full Dropbox here. We have developed a DIY Commemorations toolkit to help RSA's and people at home to plan their own commemorative events. For all the resources click here.

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.

Share with us

Share your photos with us by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using
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.

 Join our Facebook Event

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

Enter your email & mobile number to receive updates, Anzac Day notifications and much more...

*

(Optional but highly recommended) Select Your Country Code and Enter Your Mobile Phone Number To Receive a Text Alert Reminder 15 Minutes Before the Event Starts

Want to sign up using Facebook? Click the link below

 Visit the RSA Website

 Visit the NZDF Website

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