Saturday 25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of mainly Australian and New Zealand troops on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula. This was an attempt to secure the Dardanelles for the Allied navies but became a bitter eight month long campaign. This campaign saw the birth of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and 25 April became a public holiday of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand (ANZAC Day).
For this 100th anniversary Wellington put on her finest, a new memorial park, (Pukeahu War Memorial Park) new exhibits at the National War Memorial and the National Museum (Te Papa) and a light and sound show on the walls of the Dominion Museum Building
and carillon tower (National War Memorial).
Lest We Forget
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. *
*Ode of Remembrance from the poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon.