Anzac Day, observed on 25 April every year, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.
The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. This year is the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
This campaign is often claimed to have played an important part in fostering New Zealand’s sense of national identity. Many New Zealanders feel a strong connection to this event, through family and whānau stories.
The centenary offers every New Zealander the chance to consider the impact of the First World War and remember those who served.