The cancelling of traditional ANZAC Day services are another sacrifice the services and community have to make this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic national lock-down.
But we can still come together as a community albeit at a safe distance.
The New Zealand Defence Force in conjunction with the RSA are encouraging everyone to take part in an unique Dawn Service standing alongside those in your bubble at your gate, front door or balcony at 6am on Saturday April 25.
With the public continuing to practice safe distancing and remaining in their bubble, New Zealand can still come together to commemorate those that served our nation and fought for our freedoms – some of those freedoms we have been more acutely reminded of due to the unprecedented national lockdown.
This unique service idea has been promoted as embracing the principles of the ANZAC spirit – endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and comradery.
Tune into Radio NZ National (AM & FM frequencies), listen live on the internet or on your phone (download app here) for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6am. The morning 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
For more details on this event go to www.standatdawn.com
To complete your virtual ANZAC Day, there are special TV programmes and a poppy that can be downloaded for your window.
- A special Anzac Day programme will be shown at 11am on TVNZ 1 or TVNZ On Demand.
- Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform Anzac Salute: Live in your Living Room, via its Facebook page at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. The two works, Dear Horizon and Passchendaele, were commissioned for their Salute programme in 2015 and performed live with the New Zealand Army Band, to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.