These are the best ways to commemorate ANZAC day this year

While they should be in our thoughts often, ANZAC Day reminds us to stop and take a second to both remember fallen New Zealanders, honour the servicemen and women who returned from the war and think about those wo are serving today. While many events have been cancelled in the wake of the Christchurch attack, there are still compassionate goings on in the name of remembrance happening around the city — and these are some of the best to mark the special day.

Auckland Domain Dawn Service
Arguably the only way to begin any ANZAC Day, the annual dawn parade will be once again taking place in front of the War Memorial Museum in the Domain. Kicking off at 6am, the initial dawn service will give way to a medley of other events, competitions, services and musical events as the day goes on. To keep up to date with all the ANZAC goings-on at the Domain, click here.

The Art of Remembrance with Kristin Darragh on ANZAC Eve (Wednesday 24 April)
In the grounds of Auckland’s historic St David’s Memorial Church on ANZAC Eve, a one-off concert and soundscape will be delivering a collective message of peace via surround sound to anyone who wishes to attend. An idea by art consultant Paul Baragwanath, as part of The Art of Remembrance project, The Sound of Peace soundscape will merge heartfelt recorded messages from a diverse range of New Zealanders. (Those who are interested in adding their own voice can do so here.) With celebrated mezzo-soprano opera singer, Kristin Darragh, alongside Off Broadway Big Band and other guests delivering songs of remembrance, this will definitely be one thoughtful event to remember. For more details on the event, click here.

Vector Lights
Back for another year, Vector Lights is set to delight onlookers once again with its enthralling illumination of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From 6pm on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of April, the stunning light and sound show will play on repeat, ensuring that there’s ample opportunity to experience the impressive artistry. Those wanting a taste of the musical wonder from home can listen to the accompanying soundtrack here.

Celebrations at Chapel Bar & Bistro
Celebrating ANZAC day the only way they know how Chapel Bar & Bistro will be dishing out a complimentary beer or wine to all servicemen and women that attend its annual event dressed in uniform. Ensuring all attendees are thoroughly entertained on the day, the Ponsonby Stalwart has DJ’s Thane and General Lee to keep visitors’ feet moving from 3pm onwards.

Attend the Anzac Tribute Open Mic Event
To honour all those who served, the Library Writer’s Group is holding a public open mic night to encourage Aucklanders to share poetry, stories, recollections and thoughts about ANZAC Day to keen listeners in the community. Whether you’re hoping to take your turn on the microphone or just simply listen to the stories of others, this is one event worth taking a trip to East Coast Bays Library for.

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