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#270132 25-Apr-2020 06:34
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We went to the street footpath at the top of our drive just before 6 am. A good number of our neighbours and friends were out on the footpath - probably about a quarter of the potential number. There were people dotted up and down the street outside their homes.

 

Someone just up the road had a radio with decent clear speaker and we stood and listened to the broadcast of the Dawn Service.

 

As always, it was very moving but perhaps a little more so this morning - given the current circumstances. It was great just being there in a loose group with a common bond on our special day.

 

It appears that we have found another way to celebrate Anzac Day and I wouldn’t be surprised if this approach catches on and continues even after the current situation has passed.





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  #2470629 25-Apr-2020 06:48
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It was very moving to hear the Last Post playing around the neighborhood. Lest we forget.

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  #2470700 25-Apr-2020 08:59
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Everyone still here at work was on the road this morning, we had bagpipes playing from 0530 over the PA until the ceremony begin.

 
 
 
 


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  #2470703 25-Apr-2020 09:09
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank and give thoughts to my brother in law who is serving as part of the international operation in Korea. He has spent six months on the peninsula and is due to return home soon. He has spent the last two months confined to base due to Covid-19.
He travel back soon via Doha and the has to go into 14 days quarantine, then debrief, then he can finally get to see his wife. Kia kaha brother and thank you for your continuing service and sacrifice.




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  #2470708 25-Apr-2020 09:18
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@mikeb4, I have a close family friend who is currently over there doing the same thing. His wife is certainly looking forward to having him home soon.

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  #2470709 25-Apr-2020 09:27
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Ge0rge: @mikeb4, I have a close family friend who is currently over there doing the same thing. His wife is certainly looking forward to having him home soon.


It's a small world. Kind of fitting as he lives in Australia and is serving for the NZDF .




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  #2470844 25-Apr-2020 11:18
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This morning we got up early to stand by our mailbox. I've noticed only one other house with a light being turned on just before six am. I took my phone and streamed RNZ National (iHeartRadio) while our small family (myself, wife and daughter) stood there. No other neighbours in sight - although we live in a windy road so we wouldn't know two or three houses up or down from us.

 

Nice surprise to hear ours (and Australian) anthem sang by the Tawa College Blue Notes, as we know someone with a kid in that group.

 

Never been to a dawn service before, so it was a first - might even be a new way of doing it for many people.





 

 

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  #2470854 25-Apr-2020 11:29
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Never been to a dawn service before, so it was a first - might even be a new way of doing it for many people.

 

 

I agree, it might be a new way for many.

 

Last years ANZAC parades were cancelled due to ( well we all know why ) so going forward this is a new way to show respect.

 

I too have never been to a dawn service but have been to later services.

 

In our street I could see two other families and that was all. 

 

At least it was not raining this year.

 

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  #2470856 25-Apr-2020 11:30
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We had a neighbourhood ANZAC "gathering" with about 15 neighbours standing at their driveway entrances while the RNZ ANZAC service was streamed onto speakers for all to hear. Just before it started I heard the "Last Post" from somewhere not too far away.

 

The dawn sky looked fantastic as the sun started to light up the clouds as the service progressed.

 

From somewhere else in the country I saw a video of a lone piper who must have taken his/her walk early today to the local cenotaph. Very moving.

 

 

 

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  #2470857 25-Apr-2020 11:36
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A couple of years ago The Smithsonian published an article on how a company recreated the final sounds of WWI when artillery fell silent.

 

You can hear the reproduction below or the source page here and the producers blog post here.

 





 

 

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  #2470905 25-Apr-2020 12:33
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The four of us (plus the dog) were at the letterbox at 6am. Only saw one other person in the street at their letterbox. Not entirely surprised, as the street is only a little over half built, and not all properties are occupied.

Far from being my first Dawn Parade, but the first for a few years.




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  #2470922 25-Apr-2020 12:56
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A few years ago my daughter, 18 at the time, came to visit me in Istanbul, where I was working briefly. We took a day trip to Gallipoli and took a tour with the guy who advised Peter Jackson about the campaign there. It was amazing to receive a very detailed overview of the entire campaign, almost down to the exact spot on the ground where things happened.

 

We went on a weekday, and yet there were a lot of Turks there as well - Gallipoli is a major event in Turkish history also since Ataturk was the local commander at Gallipoli, and of course went on to found modern Turkey. The Turks are very respectful of New Zealanders.

 

I think if you have the opportunity to visit Gallipoli and the peninsula, it is well worthwhile and poignant.





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  #2471018 25-Apr-2020 14:09
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  #2471309 25-Apr-2020 21:08
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A few years ago my daughter, 18 at the time, came to visit me in Istanbul, where I was working briefly. We took a day trip to Gallipoli and took a tour with the guy who advised Peter Jackson about the campaign there. It was amazing to receive a very detailed overview of the entire campaign, almost down to the exact spot on the ground where things happened.

 

We went on a weekday, and yet there were a lot of Turks there as well - Gallipoli is a major event in Turkish history also since Ataturk was the local commander at Gallipoli, and of course went on to found modern Turkey. The Turks are very respectful of New Zealanders.

 

I think if you have the opportunity to visit Gallipoli and the peninsula, it is well worthwhile and poignant.

 

 

I have never been, wished I'd included it when I was close by the area many years ago. I'm absolutely sure it is worthwhile and poignant, I would relish the opportunity to go if the chance ever arose.

 

I guy I worked with went about 30 years ago. He said the Turks treated the New Zealanders and Aussies like brothers. However not so for the British.





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  #2471327 25-Apr-2020 22:37
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Got up and over half of our small culdesac was out, and one of the families broadcast the RNZ service from their radio which was nice. 

 

Also @sattv not all of the services were cancelled last year, I know our local dawn parade went ahead, was there with the kids :-)





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