Anzac Day is a prominent day in New Zealand history, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.
More than 2500 Kiwi soldiers were killed after they – alongside Australian troops – stormed the peninsula’s beaches on April 25, 1915, during World War I.
RSA chief executive David Moger spoke about what Anzac Day means to New Zealanders: “Anzac Day is a day when we commemorate and remember the service and sacrifice of those who built the foundation of our nation, but also all those since that have served and given us the freedoms that we enjoy today.”
The largest crowd in the country attended the 76th annual Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. An estimated 34,000 people were in attendance.
The numbers clearly show that as a nation we identify with Anzac Day. We take the day to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom we have today.
Student journalist Stevee-Jayde Arkell took to the streets of Auckland to ask: “What does Anzac Day mean to you?”