Every year in New Zealand on April 25 we commemorate all New Zealanders killed in war and also honour our returned servicemen and women.
History : On April 25 1915 was the landing at Gallipoli by Australian and New Zealand troops. Thousands of people lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign, Turks, British, French, Australian and New Zealand troops. It may have led to a military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand had a role as a distinct nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.
Around the country there are Dawn Parades to mark the anniversary with representatives of the various servicemen and women, speeches made, wreaths laid and respect given.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Gallipoli and Stephen headed into Greymouth for the commemorations.
It was a fantastic turnout with around 3000 people attending the Greymouth Dawn Parade – the ceremony being a form of military funeral and following a particular pattern finishing with a solo bugle playing The Last Post.
Stephen found it a very emotional and humbling experience. It made him proud to be a New Zealander and proud to be from the West Coast.
Ode of Remembrance:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.