A crowd estimated to be 40,000 filled Wellington’s new War Memorial Park and overflowed from it this morning for the Anzac Dawn Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.
Here’s the crowd seen from the top of the Carillon. First estimates were that the attendance was 20,000, but this afternoon the numbers have been reviewed, and doubled.
The centre of the park was packed with people more than 30 minutes before the ceremony began at 5.30am. Crowds on Taranaki Street stretched as far back as the Z petrol station.
The Governor-Generals of Australia and New Zealand stood side by side during the ceremony, and each spoke about its importance.
A choir of secondary school pupils led the singing of two hymns – Abide With Me, and Oh God Our Help in Ages Past.
Dawn arrived on cue, at the end of the hour-long ceremony.
Photos from New Zealand Defence Force
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