The Anzac Dawn Service of Remembrance and Hope began with a Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, to remember the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings on 25 April, 1915. The parade assembled at the junction of Bunny Street and Lambton Quay at 5.30am. Conducted by the Wellington Returned and Services Association (RSA) the march to the Cenotaph began at 5.40am.
Following the service, the parade marched to Pipitea Marae for refreshments and Anzac biscuits.
Events for the rest of the day:
9am Parade forms in Wellington Cathedral car park on Hill Street to march to the Cathedral of St Paul
9.30am Citizens Service at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and address by the Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown
10.15am Citizens wreath laying service at Cenotaph
11am National Commemorative and Wreath Laying Service at Parliament Grounds
2pm Wreath laying ceremony at the Atatũrk Memorial, Tarakena Bay
2.30pm Organ recital by Timothy Hurd QSM, carillonist, at the National War Memorial
6pm NZDF bugler playing the ‘Last Post’ at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
A vigil was mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by a New Zealand Defence Force Catafalque Guard from dawn to dusk.
But no service will be held at the National War Memorial this year because of the construction work going on in Buckle Street to develop the new National War Memorial Park and traffic underpass. The park, which is the Government’s key First World War centenary project, will be the venue for the Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service next year. Anzac Day 2015 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
This year, our Anzac Day Concert, Songs from Times of War, is a musical tribute to the servicemen and women, families and workers of the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War, featuring The Beat Girls and the Swing Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Gold coin entry, 7pm at the Opera House.
In the event of wet weather, the parade will be cancelled and wreaths laid in the Cathedral. Cancellation will be advised over Radio Newstalk ZB.