Tuesday, April 25, 2017

25 April - Anzac Day

Cars pass under the arch of the Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch in 1968 (today it is pedestrian only).  This was erected to commemorate the war dead of NZ troops in WW1, which totalled some 18,000 and most towns in NZ have a monument with the names of locals who died, either at Gallipoli or on the Western Front.  Less than 3 decades later the names of those who died in WW2 had to be added; fortunately this was a smaller total of 12,000.  Even more fortunately, other conflicts since have only added a very small number (for example Vietnam was only 37).

Anzac Day is intended to honour all servicemen.

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