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New Zealanders prompted to gather as virtual communities for Anzac Day

Tia McDougall
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The Ministry of Culture and Heritage is encouraging Kiwis not to forget our fallen soldiers this Anzac Day due to services being cancelled

For the first time since 1916, New Zealanders will not be at public services and war memorials on Saturday to mark the significant day of remembrance.

All services have been cancelled as part of New Zealand’s campaign against the spread of COVID-19.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive, Bernadette Cavanagh, said she encouraged everyone to get involved.

“Despite the restrictions in place, we know New Zealanders should still take the time to remember and acknowledge all those who have served or continue to serve our country in times of conflict, peacekeeping and disaster relief.

“I am in awe of the powerful and creative initiatives that organisations have come up with to allow New Zealanders to connect with the past, and each other, from the safety of their bubbles this Anzac Day." 

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage highlighted a few ways to commemorate: 

- Join the New Zealand Defence Force and RSA's #StandAtDawn campaign. RNZ National will broadcast a dawn service at 6am in support of this campaign.

-Make a poppy or a wreath to add to your window or letterbox.

-Lay a virtual poppy at Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph for a loved one or for one of more than 235,000 New Zealand service men and women represented there.

-Watch Anzac Day 2020 – Stories of Remembrance at 11am on TVNZ 1 or TVNZ On Demand.