The Last Post
The first daily public Last Post ceremony was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Anzac Day 2015. The ceremony will be conducted every evening until 11 November 2018 and the public are invited to participate by reading the ode or playing the bugle call. The ceremony begins at 5pm each night in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Belgium
On 9 July 2015, the Last Post ceremony was enacted under the Menin Gate for the 30,000th time. The Hon Todd McClay, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended as the New Zealand Government representative. The event was described as a ‘tribute to the tribute’, acknowledging the Last Post Association which organises the daily ceremony, and the buglers who have performed the ceremony since 1928.
Other countries participated by holding Last Post ceremonies, which were screened, either live or pre-recorded, as part of the ceremony at Menin Gate. Participants included the UK, France, Germany, India and Australia. New Zealand provided a recording of one of the daily Last Post ceremonies organised by the New Zealand Defence Force at Pukeahu together with a wreath-laying.
The video of the 45 minute ceremony can be viewed at http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/Last%2BPost/1.2387606. The New Zealand wreath-laying is at 26.05 and the Pukeahu wreath-laying recording is at 30.50 on the video.
National War Memorial ceremonies
Here is a tentative list of ceremonies taking place at the National War Memorial in 2015. Entry inside the Hall of Memories is by invitation only. You are welcome to view the proceedings outside. More details about each ceremony and any additional events will be added here closer to the time. All of these ceremonies begin at 11 am.
August 8 100th anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair.
Please note that this event will begin at 4pm, read more details in the following media release - Commemoration of the centenary of Chunuk Bair.
August 15 70th anniversary of the End of World War Two in the Pacific
August 18 Vietnam War
September 3 Merchant Navy Day
September 16 Post-War Malaya/Malaysia Operations
September 20 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
November 11 97th anniversary of Remembrance (Armistice) Day
Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. The visitor will journey through the war, year by year, seeing the challenges that emerged. The journey is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand. The visitor will experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War.
The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the Exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914-1918.
In true Sir Peter Jackson fashion, there is a part 3 to this exhibition, making it a trilogy. The Trench Experience will open later, providing the visitor with a glimpse of what many grandfathers and their compatriots went through in the First World War. The visitor will be ‘in the trenches’ and will hear the sound of associated warfare and smell the real scents of the challenging environment that thousands of men lived and fought in for many months and where only the very fortunate survived.
To book a tour or to find out more information on The Great War Exhibition, please visit their website.
Last entries are as follows:
10pm close (9pm last entry)
6pm close (5pm last entry)
This exhibition runs until November 2018.
ANZ NZ Room at the Great War Exhibition
Some of the intricate work undertaken for the Chunuk Bair diorama.
'ANZ Presents Gallipoli’ is a special space in the Exhibition as it focuses on New Zealand’s story. The storytelling begins in 1915 with mobilisation and with the seminal Gallipoli campaign. It touches on the incredible hardship that was suffered by New Zealanders at Gallipoli. It was from the shared tragedy at home and away that a special part of New Zealand’s national character was born.
The ANZ New Zealand room contains a large scale diorama of the battlefield at Chunuk Bair featuring an army of over 5000 miniatures. It depicts that battle in the Gallipoli campaign where, on 8 August 1915, the Wellington Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Malone took and defended the Turkish defences on the heights of the ridge line overlooking the Gallipoli beach head. This was the high water mark for the Allied forces during the campaign. The diorama shows the desperate fighting, bravery and leadership on both sides that characterised this crucial battle.
Visit the Great War Exhibition website for more details.