Anzac Day - Stand At Dawn

Anzac Day 2021 - Stand at Dawn

Honour. Reflect. Remember. 

This Anzac Day the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) are encouraging people – no matter their circumstance or location – to honour, reflect and remember.

NZDF personnel will be supporting more than 300 services around New Zealand. While NZDF is committed to supporting Anzac Day, our presence will be reduced due to our ongoing COVID-19 response.

How to get involved

We encourage you to commemorate the spirit of Anzac Day in a way that suits you, your whānau and your community:

New Zealand services

Virtual service assets 

  • Ode of Remembrance - English / Te Reo
  • New Zealand and Australian National anthem
  • Last Post, 1-minute silence, Reveille (enables someone to speak The Ode) 
  • Last Post, The Ode in Te Reo and English, Reveille

Download the files or the full Dropbox here.

Anzac Day flypasts 

This Anzac Day we will be conducting a number of flypasts around New Zealand at various times throughout the morning.

Subject to weather and aircraft availability, we intend to fly the following routes:

  • NH90 helicopter (3SQN) - around the Horowhenua to Otaki and possibly down to Waikanae.
  • Orion (5SQN) - to Hamilton, Tauranga, Mt Taranaki and then back north to Waimauku and around the Far North.
  • Seasprite helicopter (6SQN) - to Kerikeri and surrounding locations.
  • Texan (14SQN) - down the west coast to Wellington, up to the Hutt Valley and over to the East Coast before returning to Ohakea. There is the intent for 14SQN to complete the flypast at the National Commemoration Service in Wellington.
  • Hercules (40SQN) - fly over various South Island locations, starting south and flying north.
  • Two of our Texans will be supporting the Biggin Hill Historic Aircraft Centre’s Avenger and Spitfire flypasts on Anzac Day.
    The aircraft will depart Ohakea at 9.40am flying the following route:
    Sanson, Rongotea, Palmerston North, Ashhurst, Pohangina, Apiti, Hunterville, Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui city, Whanganui airport, Marton, Halcombe, Feilding, Bulls, Ohakea.

The history

On the morning of 25th April 1915, ANZAC troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Each year we commemorate them and those that followed by remembering and acknowledging their bravery and service. 

Visit the NZHistory website for a comprehensive online collection of World War One material. You can also discover more stories about the war on WW100’s website.

Useful links:

The Ode of Remembrance

E kore rātou e kaumātuatia
Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pehea i  ngā āhuatanga o te wā
I te hekenga atu o te rā
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

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
We will remember them.

View more about the background here ( 

Anzac Day vs ANZAC Day

You should use the term 'ANZAC' with all capitals only when referring specifically to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which was the name given to the military formation to which the New Zealand troops at Gallipoli were attached.

For all other uses 'Anzac’ should be used, including Anzac Day and reference to the “Anzacs”.

Historically, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was an acronym devised by Major General William Birdwood's staff in Cairo in early 1915. It was used for registering correspondence for the new corps and a rubber stamp was cut using the letters A.& N.Z.A.C.

After the landing at Gallipoli, General Birdwood requested that the position held by the Australians and New Zealanders on the peninsula be called 'Anzac' to distinguish it from the British position at Helles. Permission was also sought to name the little bay, where the majority of the corps had come ashore on 25 April 1915, as ‘Anzac Cove'.

Find out more about the use of the word ‘Anzac’ guidelines on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website

Share with us

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Please note that, by:

  • posting images on our public Facebook page event 
  • emailing 
  • posting images and tagging us by our username @NZDefenceForce on Instagram or Twitter or,
  • posting images and using the #StandAtDawn hashtag

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If your photo is used by the NZDF in any way, your username or Instagram/Twitter handle will always be credited and, where we wish to use it for marketing purposes, we will attempt to contact you beforehand to confirm and get your approval on the nature of that usage.