ANZAC Day – 100 year Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli

bugal player anzac commemorations

Every year in New Zealand on April 25 we commemorate all New Zealanders killed in war and also honour our returned servicemen and women.

Mayor anzac dawn parade greymouth

servicemen speaking anzac commemorations greymouth

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.

representatives servicemen and women anzac day commemorations

servicemen representatives ANZAC dawn parade

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.

speech maker anzac commemorations

anzac day commemoration Greymouth

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Gallipoli and Stephen headed into Greymouth for the commemorations.

Bugal player anzac dawn parade greymouth

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.

wreaths at ANZAC memorial

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.

commemorative crosses Greymouth council Anzac day

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

ANZAC mural Greymouth RSA building

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.

About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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2 Responses to ANZAC Day – 100 year Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli

  1. bulldog says:

    Feel torn every year on rembrence day of all my compatriots and friends who lost their lives in Rhodesia during our fight against terrorists…. not an easy day to get through


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