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Auckland Museum to light up for ANZAC Day

Auckland Museum to light up for ANZAC Day

In lieu of the Dawn Service and public ANZAC events, the Auckland War Memorial Museum will mark the occasion by lighting up the building in a red poppy. 

Auckland Museum to light up for ANZAC Day

The museum will be projecting the ANZAC symbol against the building exterior from dusk Friday 24 April to dawn Sunday 26 April. And while the museum will still remain closed to the public, the Last Post will be played before 5pm and the flags raised at dawn and lowered at dusk.

Encouraging the public to share their respects and commemoration virtually, the museum has set up an Online Cenotaph as a place for people to come together. People can lay their own virtual poppy, read stories from ANZAC veterans and leave messages for loved ones who have served.

“As Auckland’s home of collective remembering, we acknowledge we will be unable to hold our regular Anzac Day commemorations and public programmes. This may be difficult for many as being able to gather together has always been an important part of how we as a nation honour this important day in our history,” says Auckland Museum Chief Executive Dr David Gaimster.

“However, the commemoration will continue, but in a different way. We encourage Aucklanders to come together online and connect on a personal level with our rich Online Cenotaph webpage so they can honour their loved ones, New Zealand’s’ returned service personnel and fallen comrades, discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI, WWII and later conflicts.”

“The public can also lay a digital poppy in remembrance of a loved one. Last year over 90,000 digital poppies were laid on the Roll of Honour on the Online Cenotaph.”

Click here to visit the Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph. 


Driveway dawn services

Australians and New Zealanders are also being encouraged to participate in dawn services from their driveways, front doors, back yards, balconies or verandas at 6am.

Suggestions for how to commemorate our soldiers include playing ‘The Last Post’, listening to a live broadcast of a dawn service, holding a candle, laying a wreath or having a moment of silence.


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