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Thank you New Zealand ūüá≥ūüáŅ

For those of you that joined in on the live ANZAC Day commemorations online.

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What an incredible show of national spirit on display!
Anzac Day 2020 will be remembered as one of New Zealand’s most memorable days in recent history Рwith the whole country rallying together to Stand At Dawn. Although we all needed to distance ourselves from one another under lockdown rules, there was a national sense of unity as we remembered and honoured our veterans and service personnel Рthose who came home and those who did not.
Leading up to the day, we witnessed families decorate homes, letterboxes, gardens, and even vehicles with poppies, flags, and remembrance themes. Kiwis were learning about their family’s military history, creating poems, music, and even a few paintings too. It was an Anzac Day like no other. And we couldn’t have done it without you.

So, Thank you for coming along with us to help make Anzac Day 2020 a unique and very special event.


For the RNZRSA and the RSA Support Network, we still have some challenging times ahead. The uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation has left us with much to do. The work that the RSA does every day to support our veteran community continues ‚Äď and right now, this is needed more than ever. The reality is that veterans and service personnel of all ages require support and care. With the changing nature of conflict, the demand for mental health programs, career transition services, and family assistance initiatives has meant that pressure on the RSA‚Äôs services is high as¬†ever.

We need everyone’s assistance to ensure that we as a society look after all of those who have selflessly given us their service. The Royal New Zealand Returned & Services’ Association is a registered charity and not-for-profit dedicated to caring for all those impacted by military service for New Zealand, remembering and honouring those who have served and advocating for the rights of our veterans and service personnel.

A tribute to all New Zealanders who stood at dawn. Anzac day 2020
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Join us at the Wall of Honour to commemorate all the brave servicemen and women who gave their lives on operational service for New Zealand
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Anzac Day 2020 #AnzacAtHome

Another notice for ANZAC Day services.  Note that this event begins at 12:30pm local time here in California.

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Anzac Day Special  |  April 2020
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Anzac Day is the day all Australians come together in remembrance. But this year we’ll have to come together in spirit, instead of in person. We can all still keep the Anzac spirit alive and honour our veterans and service members from the safety of our own homes.
Here are some activities you and your family can get involved in this Anzac Day.


National Commemorative Service
Saturday 25 April 2020
5.30 am

For the first time in its history, the Dawn Service will not be attended by members of the public. Instead you can stream the Ceremony from your home.


As we commemorate #AnzacAtHome this year there are many ways you can be involved.
We have activities for remembering with kids, mates and veterans.


Explore our interactive poppy field and leave messages of thanks for those who have served.


This year, in lieu of a veterans march we are asking you to share photos of the  medals you wear on Anzac Day to create a virtual collection of medals. Share your picture to social media using #ShowYourMedals.


Show your appreciate for our veterans and service members this Anzac Day by becoming part of the #ForTheFallen online tribute.
Simply record a short video of you or a family member reciting The Ode and upload it to social media with the hashtag #ForTheFallen.


From arts and crafts to cooking and educational resources there are plenty of ways you can commemorate Anzac Day and create lasting memories for the whole family.


There are thousands of memorials across the country that stand as a reminder of the service and sacrifice Australians have made for us. While we can’t visit them in person this Anzac Day, you can visit them online via the Places of Pride website.  The website will feature a live stream at dawn of memorials across a number of Australian capital cities.
If you have a photo of your local memorial upload it to placesofpride.awm.gov.au to help us build the national register.


From the famous biscuits to the gunfire breakfast and bully beef, we asked chef and restaurateur Matt Moran for his take on some traditional Anzac Day dishes.


Upload a photo or video to social media with the hashtag #AnzacAtHome and encourage others to do the same.


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Anzac Day 2020 – This Is The Call To Stand At Dawn

A couple of items from the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association concerning the up-coming ANZAC Day.  Note that 6am on 25 April in New Zealand is 11am today (Friday) here in California.

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Anzac Day 2020
On the eve of Anzac Day, are you prepared to stand alongside your fellow New Zealanders and Australians to remember and honour all those who have given so much for us?

The world has changed. What was normal just over a month ago, no longer reflects the society we live in today. But we have always been an innovative and resilient nation of people. While we are unable to go about our daily routines like we used to, or commemorate events in traditional ways, we can still ensure that we hold to the values that the Anzac spirit is based upon. Anzac Day means so much to both New Zealand and Australia. That traumatic Gallipoli campaign 105 years ago has in many ways helped define our fighting spirit and sense of identity across our two nations. It is that spirit and the Trans-Tasman bond that we will need to draw upon in coming months.

Now is the time to show that spirit.

At 6 am tomorrow, Saturday 25 April, take a moment to remember and honour our Anzacs and all those heroes who have served for New Zealand. Join us to Stand At Dawn. Tune in the Dawn Service broadcast at 5:55 am and gather those in your bubble to mark Anzac Day 2020.  Whether it be in your front yard, at your letterbox, the living room, on your balcony or at the front door, it doesn’t matter. It is the act of remembering and honouring that counts. Anzac Day 2020 will mark the beginning of a new, defining chapter in New Zealand history as we come out of lockdown next week. Let’s harness that Anzac spirit, by honouring our past and present heroes before we begin to re-build our future.

6 am, Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April 2020

  • Show your support by decorating your home, letterbox, a tree, balcony or garden, get creative.
  • Share your efforts on social by tagging us @RSA_National and using the hashtag #StandAtDawn.
  • Gather in your living room, front door, balcony, at the gate or in your yard to observe Dawn Service.
Online Dawn Service Broadcast

Saturday 25 April, 6am

Radio New Zealand is our broadcasting partner, bringing you Dawn Service at 6 am. This broadcast will be available on radio and online. For more information check out standatdawn.com for broadcast information.
Thank you to Radio New Zealand for your support in making this happen.

We will remember them.

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Finally, in the last few days you have all shared a lot of photos and video content with us. During that time, we saw one video on Youtube that we think is a wonderful tribute to those heroes who gave their lives in one of our most recent conflicts. (Credit: Youtube: nh6milhistory)
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A Message for ‚ÄėStand At Dawn‚Äô from
My ‚ÄúANZAC journey‚ÄĚ began when I first visited √áanakkale/Gallipoli three decades ago as a student. The deeper I moved around the area the more a shiver ran through me. That beautiful peninsula was, 105 years ago, a bloody stage for a war like no other the world had ever before seen. Mixed emotions evoked in me a sense of pride in my nation and our grandfathers who bravely defended Turkey, but also a pride for that unique friendship carved out and uniting our nations for over a century.
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Get The Family involved with
Stand At Dawn Activities

With children at home due to the lockdown restrictions, keep their minds ticking with these Anzac themed crafts & activities. The perfect combination of entertainment & historical education. Want to get right into the spirit of commemoration, enter our ‚ÄúDecorate your Letterbox‚ÄĚ competition and be in to win some RSA themed prizes! Competitions, not your thing? We‚Äôve got the perfect Anzac Biscuit recipe from nanny‚Äôs secret cookbook! There‚Äôs something for everyone from Poppy making to virtual lay Poppy. Have a go and tag us in your efforts @rsa_national and NZ Defence Force with the hashtag¬†¬†#standatdawn.

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If you would like to offer support further, below is a link to our Givalittle page where donations are welcomed.
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CWGC Live – Anzac Day

Note that this event is at 6:30am here in California.

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Join us on Facebook on Thursday 23 April for the third installment of our CWGC Live series.

Max Dutton, Historian and Interpretation Officer, takes you on a virtual tour of cemeteries and memorials as we remember the Anzac contribution in the wars.

Tune into our Facebook page at 2.30pm (UK time) this Thursday. You can post your questions on our Facebook post here, or ask them directly to Max during the live stream.

Can’t watch live? You can watch all of the live-streams on our website¬†here.

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Coming up on the CWGC Live series…

Into the Archives with Chief Archivist, Andrew Fetherston Р30 April

CWGC Architecture with Director of Works, Jon Gedling Р7 May

Have you heard our new podcast? 

‘The 1.7 million stories of the CWGC’¬†now available on Spotify.

Next time on the podcast we investigate the role of civilians in the Second World War, both at home and abroad.

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ANZAC Day commemoration in San Francisco will be at the Log Cabin in the Presidio, Sunday April 28, 11:00 a.m.

Please note this up-coming service to commemorate a battle that included members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment among the ANZAC forces.

Kia Ora

This is a reminder for those wanting to attend the ANZAC service in San Francisco and enjoy a picnic in the paddock afterwards.

On behalf of the New Zealand and Australian communities in San Francisco, it is our honour to invite you to attend the annual ANZAC Day service to be held at The Log Cabin, 1299 Storey Ave, in San Francisco on Sunday the 28th of April.

Following the ceremony at the Log Cabin, there will be a BBQ with light refreshments and a no host bar.

Please purchase your BBQ tickets in advance to assist with catering numbers.

BBQ tickets can be purchased from the SF Aussies website sfaussies.com, or possibly on the day of for $25 per person & $15 per child (depending if they sell out via the website or not).

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