Anzac Day is observed on 25 April. It commemorates New Zealanders killed in war and honours returned and serving servicemen and women.
The date marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers (the Anzacs) on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles and open a sea route to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Ottoman Turkish defenders.
Thousands lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign, including 2779 New Zealanders.
On 25 April, ceremonies are held at war memorials all across New Zealand, and in places overseas where New Zealanders gather.
Learn more about Anzac Day at New Zealand History online
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them."
Lower Hutt Cenotaph maps
To remember those that fought for our city here are two maps:
2020 Anzac day services
For the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Even though public Anzac Services are unable to go ahead we can still remember and commemorate our veterans and service personnel.
At 6am on Saturday 25 April, Radio NZ National will be broadcasting the official dawn service.
You can take part by standing at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, in your driveway. Wherever you are in the world, stand and take a moment to remember our fallen. Please remember to stay within your bubble.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering.
To find out more go to standatdawn.com
For more ideas on ways you can commemorate Anzac day this year, check out the Hutt City Council Facebook page.