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It is the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders will be unable to gather together to mark this significant day.
However, to commemorate this year we invite you to Stand At Dawn at 6am on Anzac Day.
While staying safely in your bubbles in the doorway, front porch, window or balcony, a virtual Anzac Day service will begin on Radio NZ National, sharing elements of a traditional Anzac Day service including the Last Post.
Stand At Dawn this Anzac Day and take part in the commemoration by listening live on your phones/devices.
Do you have precious medals at home, from a family member?
While there are no parades or services to attend this Anzac Day, you can still wear the medals at home to honour the memory of your relative.
Remember, if you are wearing the medals of your family members, make sure you wear these on the right side of your chest. Read more here.
Taking a stroll around the neighbourhood has seen Teddy Bears and soft toys popping up in our windows and for Anzac Day, we invite you to make a poppy for teddy bears or soft toys to wear, or decorate your windows in something red.
On your daily stroll, take note of these poppy-wearing teddies and soft toys - it might be a time to tell the stories of our own war-time heroes and convey the significance of this day for New Zealand.
Share a photo of your Anzac bear in the window on Instagram: #AnzacBearAKL.
Honouring our armed service men and women on Anzac Day will be quite different this year. A great way to honour someone who served from your home is to lay a digital poppy on their Roll of Honour record in our Online Cenotaph. Simply search for the person you would like to honour, then click the 'lay a poppy for 2020' button.
Last year over 90,000 digital poppies were laid on the Roll of Honour.
Lay a virtual poppy
Though the traditional Anzac Day poppies won't be passed out this year, there's still a way to pay tribute to our Anzac service-people - by creating your own poppies at home! We've put together two different methods for making poppies, using whatever you have in your craft box and a little Kiwi ingenuity.
Let's get crafting
This Anzac Biscuit recipe is a tried and true Edmonds Cookery Book recipe. This 4th Edition Edmonds Cookery Book, released in 1923, is just one of the many Edmonds Cookery Books we hold in Documentary Heritage Collection.
From the Edmonds Cookery Book
½ cup Champion standard plain flour
⅓ cup sugar
⅔ cup coconut
¾ cup Fleming’s rolled oats
50 g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
½ teaspoon Edmonds baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
Mix together flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats. Melt butter and golden syrup. Dissolve baking soda in the boiling water and add to butter and golden syrup. Stir butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Place level tablespoonful of mixture onto cold greased trays. Bake at 180 ºC for about 15 minutes or until golden. Makes 20.
Are your kids Minecraft experts? We worked with students from Alfriston College to re-create the landscape of 1915 Gallipoli in Minecraft, block by block. Visit this page to explore the experiences of the New Zealand people who served in the 1915 campaign, and visit Gallipoli in Minecraft from your bubble.
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While the traditional ceremonies won't be held this Anzac Day, we continue to reflect upon and honour the day through lighting our building. From dusk on Friday 24 April to dawn on Sunday 26, the building will shine poppy-red, the international symbol of the Anzacs, as a commemorative tribute to this important day.
Stay informed on all our upcoming lighting schemes over at our Lighting Up the Museum page
An interview with Eileen Noon about her beloved husband Sam Noon, a Malaya and Thailand Veteran with a significant connection to Auckland Museum's Anzac Day ceremonies.
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Christopher Pugsley, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) reflects on the upcoming Anzac Day in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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