New Zealanders and Australians are invited to attend an ANZAC Day service in Moscow on Wednesday 25 April, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast.

The service will commence at 7 a.m. sharp in the courtyard of the New Zealand Embassy, 3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya.

If you wish to attend the service and the Gunfire Breakfast, please register your attendance with the New Zealand Embassy by Friday 20 April, tel. (495) 956 3579 or email nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz. Prior registration is necessary.

Please bring a photo ID with you on the day and remember to bring an umbrella in case of bad weather. The gate will open from 6:40 am.

Please note that no parking is available on the Embassy compound. However, the Embassy is five-minute walk from the Park Kultury metro station.

Significance of ANZAC Day for New Zealanders

Although the Gallipoli campaign wasn’t the biggest campaign in the wider story of the First World War, it was a defining moment in shaping New Zealand’s national consciousness and has laid a strong foundation for the Anzac relationship.

Almost a tenth of New Zealand's then population of just over one million served overseas, resulting in almost every New Zealand family being affected by the war and its aftermath.

More than 18,000 New Zealand soldiers died during in the First World War and over 40,000 were wounded. Ninety per cent of those who died are buried in 28 countries overseas, and 1712 graves are situated in New Zealand.

For more information on the history and significance of ANZAC Day, visit www.anzac.govt.nz (external link).