ANZAC Day 2015

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On the 25th of April 1915, hundreds of men from both New Zealand and Australia arrived on the shores of Gallipoli, putting there precious lives at risk to protect our countries. On the 25th of April, our two countries grew an unbreakable bond (well, unless we're competing against each other in sports!) and 100 years later, we are still celebrating what those soldiers did for our countries.

ANZAC day is an immensely important day for both Australians and New Zealanders. I'm not sure about in Australia, but here in New Zealand ANZAC day is a public holiday and there are services held all over the country for people to attend to celebrate the solders who fought for our country.

This year, I was in Christchurch for ANZAC day and got up at 5:30am to go to the dawn service. It was absolutely amazing and very emotional.

After a parade featuring war veterans who are still alive (the oldest being 102 years old), current people serving and horses and listening to speeches and watching people place wreaths, we sung the sung both the New Zealand national anthem and the Australian national anthem. The Last Post was played on the bugle and it was followed by one minutes silence in honour of the men who had fallen.

It was truly a moving ceremony and really made me feel proud of New Zealand and grateful for the men who made our beautiful country what it is today.

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