Anzac Services in London
Information on Anzac Services in London.
ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN LONDON
This year, Anzac Day is like no other. Let’s all #StandAtDawn – apart, but together as one. The Anzac spirit has taught us many things: endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship. And in these unprecedented times, it’s important we unite together using all of these qualities.
In the United Kingdom, New Zealanders, Australians and friends of our countries are encouraged to honour the day. This year is the first time since World War II that we will not be able to publicly commemorate Anzac Day. However, we have worked together to create various ways in which you may like to join the commemorations from your homes.
5.30am, Saturday 25 April
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Returned Services Association (RSA) this year are asking New Zealanders, Australians and friends to Stand at Dawn, and have arranged a programme of events which will be broadcast on Radio New Zealand at 6am.
Click here to listen to the Radio New Zealand Anzac Day commemoration broadcast. (external link)
Click here to watch Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Anzac Day message. (external link)
“This is a unique way for families and communities to remember Anzac Day within the respective safety of their home ‘Bubbles’. The sacrifice everyone is being asked to make as part of the COVID-19 Lockdown is the same kind of Anzac spirit that we honour for all those who have served New Zealand past, present and future” says RNZSA National President B J Clark.
On the Stand at Dawn website (external link), you will find resources and activities you may like to work on at home.
Further down this page are more details about the history of how New Zealand and the United Kingdom have worked together in wartime. You might like to use these remembrance resources to do some more research of your own.
11am, Saturday 25 April
In lieu of the various traditional Anzac Day Services held in London annually, this year the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions, together with Westminster Abbey, have released a virtual Service. This is available to view on YouTube (external link).
This pre-recorded Service includes a number of elements of the usual events held at the Hyde Park Corner Memorials, Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey, while observing UK Government guidance on social distancing and public gatherings.
We encourage you to join us virtually for this Service, and share with friends and family, both here and at home.
We hope that wherever you are for Anzac Day 2020 that you are able to take a moment to remember New Zealand’s service personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Below are several online resources if you wish to connect with New Zealand’s defence force heritage and history.
- To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the event of World War I, the Ngā Tapuwae resource was launched. Translating to 'their footsteps', the Ngā Tapuwae website (external link) allows you to view in-depth information on the role New Zealand troops played at various battles in Gallipoli and continental Europe.
- The Returned Services Association (RSA) have also launched their Stand at Dawn campaign (external link), encouraging New Zealanders to take a moment at dawn on Anzac Day and listen to Radio New Zealand’s special Anzac Day programming. The RSA website also has arts and crafts resources for children.
- There is a lot of information on New Zealand’s history and involvement in World War I and World War II, and battles that took place in the 1960s and 1970s on the NZ History website (external link).
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (external link) allows you to search for the final resting place of personnel killed in battle and allows you to locate their graves in cemeteries across the world.
Australian High Commission in London - Virtual Cultral Events
With the annual public Anzac Day 2020 services cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, the Australian High Commission in London have commemorated Anzac Day with virtual performances.
- The Australian High Commission invite you to join an online cultural program that honours the past and speaks to the nation’s future. The Australia House Ensemble and Friends present ‘Hope and Remembrance’, a 30-minute virtual recital of well-known and new music from Waltzing Matilda to music by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Details are on the Australian High Commission's Facebook page (external link).
- Trish Wadley Productions present a full reading of Alan Seymour’s iconic play, The One Day of the Year via Zoom. The reading, presented by best-selling Australian-British author Kathy Lette, is directed by Wayne Harrison, former artistic director of The Sydney Theatre Company, and features a stellar line up of Australian and New Zealand actors appearing from the safety of their homes. The reading is available to watch via a link published on the Australian High Commission website (external link) and Facebook page (external link).