The Howick Anzac Parade via ZaagiTravel.com

A-Z Challenge: Lest We Forget… ANZAC Day in Howick

With my Jamesy, who was the Old Collegian pipes and drum band major at the Howick Anzac Parade via ZaagiTravel.com

I started my new job on Monday!! So I’ve been a bit busy…

And, well, ANZAC day was weeks ago.

But let’s do this anyway k?

James in drum major uniform & kilt on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com James in drum major uniform & kilt on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com

I’m gonna just throw you right in… Get ready.

ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps.

In short, ANZAC used to be the combined military created in 1914, which existed during the First World War.

For New Zealanders ANZAC day – on April 25 – is very special, as they celebrate and commemorate their past and present military members.

They show appreciation for their service, in a way that isn’t done in the States. At least not on such a big scale, despite the smaller size of their country! It’s amazing.

Wearing a red poppy on Anzac Day via ZaagiTravel.com

Howick on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com

April 25 was chosen because it was when the ANZACs – fighting for the British Empire – landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915.

Sadly, about 1/5 of the NZ men that landed in Gallipoli lost their lives in the brutal battles.

Still though, the events of that day were very symbolic for New Zealand, as it established them as a distinct nation.Howick on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com Howick on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com

Now, parades and ceremonies are held all over New Zealand (and Australia too!) to honor the military.

The events I observed in Howick were so special!

James was asked to lead the Old Collegian pipes and drums band which was very cool! He even got to wear his old traditional Scottish kilt, which I got a massive kick out of!

I, along with everyone else, wore a red poppy pin which symbolizes rememberance.

There were plane fly overs, speeches from leaders, songs by local talent, and everyone lined up to clap for the elderly – and not so elderly – members of the various military services. It was honestly incredibly emotional.

Planes flying over Howick on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com Planes flying over Howick on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com

Communities here feel so much more tight-knit and that connection is something that makes a deep impression on me.

I am so grateful I could experience this side of New Zealand culture.

In the words of their national anthem… God Defend New Zealand!James as drum major in Howick parade wearing his uniform & kilt on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com Old Collegian pipes and drum band in the Howick parade on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com Old Collegian pipes and drum band in the Howick parade on Anzac Day morning via ZaagiTravel.com

Lest we forget…

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