ANZAC Day is our national day of remembrance. It is observed on 25 April each year.
This year is the centenary of the first ANZAC Day Service in New Zealand and the battles moving to the Western Front. Below is some information about this year’s dawn and civic services.
Hamilton’s ANZAC services take place at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park on Memorial Drive. The dawn service begins at 6am, with the parade leaving Knox Street at 5.45am and finishing at around 6.40am. The civic parade leaves Knox Street at 9.45am with the service being held at 10am and finishing at around 11.15am. The services go ahead regardless of weather conditions.
The civic parade includes 25 horses this year. In order for the horses to get to the parade starting point, they have to use public roads. For this reason, If you see the horses when driving in the morning, please take care and share the road.
Two big screens will be in the park (marked on the map below) that will show both the dawn and civic services, meaning people can see and hear both services from further back in Memorial Park.
If you live near Memorial Park, you may hear gunfire as part of the services.
Consequently, following the 10am civic service, you are invited to enjoy a hot drink and an ANZAC biscuit while listening to the Hamilton Brass Band. The Hamilton Brass Band will perform for 30 minutes at the Cenotaph following the service.