As the years go by, the crowds at services commemorating ANZAC Day grow bigger every year, and the elements of gratitude and pride are becoming more apparent. The age range at Dawn Services, from babies to people in wheelchairs, reflects this.
People now attend the Dawn Service and other services for a lot more reasons than they have in the past. While they attend to honour the sacrifices made by family members and others in our community who have served during time of conflict, they now also do it to pay tribute for the peace which has ensued: people are very aware that the peace they now enjoy has been brought about by the sacrifices made.
A RNZAF Boeing 757 will fly over Cathedral Square at 6.55am, to coincide with the ending of the Dawn Service, and coffee and Anzac biscuits will be available for the public afterwards.
The Christchurch Tramway is also offering returned service people a free ride on the tram, as a sign of their respect for those who have served our country. For the duration of ANZAC Day, Saturday 25th April, any services people showing their service medals or other form of identification can board free of charge. In addition, at the completion of the Service, free trams will be available for anyone wishing to travel to the RSA in Armagh Street.
Below are details of all services in the city.
Air Force Museum, Harvard Avenue 12.00 noon
Akaroa War Memorial (meet at fire brigade station, 10.45am) 11.30am
All Saints Church, 305 New Brighton Road 11.00am
Citizens’ Service, ChristChurch Cathedral 10.00am
Dawn Service, Cathedral Square 6.30am
Diamond Harbour Memorial Hall (assemble at store, 10.30am) 11.00am
Halswell Domain, War Memorial 9.00am
Heathcote, Cnr Martindale and Bridle Path Roads 6.15am
Hei Hei, War Memorial 9.00am
Jane Deans Close, 20th Battalion, off Harakeke Street 9.00am
Little River Community Centre 9.30am
Lyttelton: War Graves Cemetery, Reserve Terrace 9.00am
Lyttelton Cenotaph (assemble at Port Company, 9.45am) 10.15am
New Brighton, Opp. New Brighton Working Men’s Club 9.30am
Papanui, St James Park, St James Avenue 9.10am
Paparua, Kirk Road Pharmacy, Templeton 10.15am
Prebbleton, Memorial, Springs Road 9.00am
Rolleston, assemble at new community hall 11.00am
Sumner/Redcliffs, Outside All Saints Anglican Church, 10.45am
Upper Riccarton War Memorial Library, 372 Riccarton Road 6.30am
Victoria Park, 19th battalion, assemble in carpark 7.45am