Friday, April 24, 2009


April 25 2009:

New Zealand Anzac Day dawn services well-attended:

Thousands turn out for Anzac Day services; wet and windy at War Memorial Museum Auckland, fine in Wellington at Cenotaph.

Dawn services are underway throughout the country.

In Auckland, thousands of people have gathered at the War Memorial Museum on a wet and windy morning.

At the National Cenotaph in Wellington, it is a fine morning. Prime Minister John Key and other dignitaries are at the service.

In Christchurch, Dean Peter Beck is impressed by what he says is an ever-growing young crowd attending Anzac Day commemorations. Two services are being held in Cathedral Square. Nineteen services will be held in the region including at Akaroa, Diamond Harbour and Papanui.

Dean Beck says the number of people braving the dawn parade has been growing year by year.

"And it gets younger every year too. It's an extraordinary service really. Very, very moving indeed. But the real statement in that about a commitment of our people for a vision of the world of peace with justice."

© 2009 NZCity, NewsTalk

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