ANZAC Day 2017
This Anzac Day I will be attending a number of ceremonies in our city to remember the service of men and women from the Auckland region and across New Zealand. From the Dawn Service at the War Museum Cenotaph to the services for the Grey Lynn, Pt Chevalier and Ranfurly communities it is always an honour to stand there remembering the sacrifices of those past and present who have served New Zealand.
I hope that you can take time to join with New Zealanders all over the world on this important day. Veterans and their families live with us in all our communities and it is essential that we as a nation turnout on ANZAC Day to remember their lost brothers in arms.
Wrap up warm if you, like me are heading to Dawn Services around New Zealand, wear a poppy with pride and join the country in remembrance.
Every year on ANZAC Day the Ode to the Fallen is recited by Veterans, Community leaders and members of the public alike. The Ode is a timeless way for all generations to remember those that went before and did not return to their homes.
Below you can find the Ode by Lawrence Binyon to read in remembrance:
They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe.
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.
-Lest we forget