Lest we forget...

Anzac Day is an important day for our country. It is a day of coming together, of reflecting on our past, of showing thanks to those who fought for the place we call home, for our friends, and for the values we hold dear. It's a day of acknowledging the impacts of war, and recognising the importance of holding onto our humanity. Whilst we are incredibly sad to lose the parade in Devonport this year, we know that many of Devonport's locals intend to come together at our Cenotaph on the day to pay respects and to remember. A frame will be placed at the foot of our untidy soldier for those who wish to place wreaths and poppies. 


The Untidy Soldier

Devonport's War Memorial is known as the 'Untidy Soldier.' This is one of the few First World War memorials that was made in New Zealand by a New Zealand artist. It's the work of an ex-soldier who wanted to capture the distinctive character of the men he knew. The scruffy clothing and untied bootlaces reflect the idea that kiwi soldiers weren't big on spit and polish but were heroes on the battlefield. 

ANZAC Day at The Navy Museum 10am-5pm

Commemorate Anzac Day at the Navy Museum – Thursday 25 April. Join others and remember those who have served and lost their lives in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. There will be a range of activities on offer through Anzac Day.
Activities are suitable for all ages – free admission.
·         Poppy making
·         Remembrance Book
·         Anzac cookie baking
·         Swing Dancing with Swing Out Central : 11am – 12pm
·         M’Lasses 40s Trio 1.30pm.


Veterans & Military Personnel Dine Free @ The Patriot this ANZAC Day

From 1pm on ANZAC Day veterans or serving military persons will get a free main meal with a paying Adult main meal. 

They Shall Not Grow Old: Special ANZAC Day Screening @ The Vic

Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made and their dreams of the future. Special ANZAC Day screening at The VIC which includes an added 30min featurette from Peter Jackson.
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